India and Canada have signed six agreements in different fields including nuclear science, energy cooperation, sports, education, science and technology cooperation and information communication technology.
After the delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting counterpart Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau six agreements have been signed in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has specifically focused on terrorism. At a press conference in New Delhi PM Narendra Modi emphasized that India and Canada can jointly fight against terrorism. Trudeau ,the Canadian Prime Minister was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on the visiting dignitary, further discussed ways to strengthen and deepen the partnership.
Six Signed Pacts are:
- MoU on Cooperation in Sport: An agreement was signed between Indias Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and the Department of Canadian Heritage (Sport Canada) on cooperation in sports.
- MoU for Cooperation in Higher Education.: An MoU between the two countries for cooperation in higher education was also signed as for higher educcation India sends second largest number of students to the North American country .
- MoU for Cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights: An MoU was also signed between Indias Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office Concerning Cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights.
- Terms of Reference for the India-Canada Ministerial Energy Dialogue: Terms of reference for the India-Canada Ministerial Energy Dialogue were exchanged between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Department of Natural Resources of Canada in order to step up cooperation in the field of energy.
- MoU for cooperation in the Fields of Science, Technology and Innovation: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Indias Department of Atomic Energy and the Department of Natural Resources of Canada for co-operation in the fields of science, technology and innovation.
- Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the Field of Information Communications Technology and Electronics: A joint declaration of intent between the Ministry of Electronics And Information Technology and the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada on cooperation in the field of Information Communications Technology and Electronics was also signed.
The two-way trade between both countries has increased from US $3.21 billion in 2010 to US $6.05 billion approximately in 2016.
Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Friday ceremonially broke ground on the Afghan section of an ambitious, multi-billion dollar Tapi gas pipeline expected to help ease energy deficits in South Asia. The inauguration ceremony organised in Herat province of the country was also attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, and Minister of State for External Affairs M.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the 1,814 km-long gas pipeline that will feed Turkmenistan gas to Afghanistan, Pakistan and finally to India.
TAPI gas pipeline:
TAPI gas pipeline project is proposed trans-country natural gas pipeline from Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan to India through Afghanistan and Pakistan.The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI), also known as Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, is a natural gas pipeline being developed by the Galkynysh – TAPI Pipeline Company Limited. TAPI Project marks a new dawn of economic engagement through regional connectivity by economically integrating region stretching from Bay of Bengal to Caspian Sea.
- Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Friday ceremonially broke ground on the Afghan section of an ambitious, multi-billion dollar gas pipeline expected to help ease energy deficits in South Asia.
- Other projects including fibre optics, electricity and railway network, will also be implemented alongside the TAPI gas pipeline according to Ghani.
- The quartet aims to complete the 1,840-kilometre (1,143-mile) pipeline and begin pumping natural gas from Turkmenistan’s giant Galkynysh gas field by the beginning of 2020.
- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani further added that the pipeline would “unite (the) countries”. The implementation of the TAPI project was the biggest achievement for the countries involved.The project highlights cooperation between Pakistan and India .
- External affairs minister announced the project as “a symbol of our goals” and “a new page in cooperation” between the four countries. For energy security, the TAPI Project will provide an alternative supply source of gas with dependable reserves.