India, Malaysia ink six pacts to take bilateral ties forward (Part II)

October 27th, 2010 - 4:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Malaysia is the tenth largest source country for foreign tourists visiting India with 115,794 Malaysians visiting India in 2008.

The trend is expected to continue in view of the improved connectivity between the two countries with the introduction of budget airlines from Malaysia such as AirAsia.

The MOU is expected to further enhance the existing level of cooperation in the sector. The areas of cooperation envisaged under the MOU include research and development, training, greater exchange of promotional and publicity materials, investments and organizing meetings, conventions and travel mart/trade fairs etc. between the two countries.

The MOU would remain in force for a period of five years and thereafter it would be automatically extended for a further period of five years.

India and Malaysia have also agreed to enhancing cooperation in information technology and services. An MoU to this effect was signed by Latha Reddy, Secretary (East) in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Madinah Mohamad, Secretary General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia.

The areas of cooperation envisaged in the MOU include electronic-commerce, multimedia development, electronic-governance, information security, cyber crime, human resource development, research, design and development and exploring third country markets and any other areas of cooperation of mutual interest to both the countries.The MOU shall enter into force from the date of signing and would remain in force for a period of five years.

Separately, the Prime Ministers of India and Malaysia are also expected to announce setting up of a Joint ICT Talent Development Consultative Committee (JICTDCC) involving stakeholders from both the governments, relevant agencies, industry players and training institutions to make specific recommendations to both the governments for IT skills training, talent development and greater engagement of Indian IT Companies in Malaysia.

A fifth agreement was signed between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India and UNIK of Malaysia on research and development collaboration.

Vijay Gokhale, India’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and Dr. Kamal Jit Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Special Innovation Unit of the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office, signed the MoU.

The agreement envisages establishment of a Joint Innovation Accelerator Centre in Malaysia to carry out research on areas of mutual interest such as green technology, water treatment, medicinal and aromatic plants and also includes other innovative technologies.

It also encourages transfer of knowledge; exchange of experts, scientists and researchers; production of joint reports of publications; and study visits relating to the projects and programme to be undertaken by the Joint Innovation Accelerator Centre.

Both CSIR and UNIK will also explore and develop the use of herbs, plants, flowers and fruits for medicinal in Malaysia and aromatic purposes by way of extraction techniques, processes and methodologies.

UNIK has been set up in 2010 in the Prime Minister’s Department to enable it emerge as an important focal point for innovation in the country. CSIR, a premier scientific and industrial research organization in India, would share its knowledge and expertise for mutual benefit.

A final agreement was signed between the two sides for enhancing cultural exchanges between the two countries.

This was signed by India’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vijay Gokhale, and Wira Kamaruddin Siaraf, Secretary General in the Malaysian Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture.

The Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) stems from the Cultural Agreement signed between India and Malaysia in 1978.

It envisages an exchange of cultural delegations at the ministerial and official levels.

In addition, it provides for exchange of performing arts troupes, visual arts, organization of art exhibitions in each others’ countries, participation in international cultural and artistic activities held in each others’ countries.

It also encourages cooperation by way of exchange of visits between archaeological institutions, museums and archives establishments of the two countries.

It also has a component of training of personnel in archives and also participation of scholars and experts in international academic conferences held in other countries. The CEP would provide a more focused attention in a number of areas mentioned above. (ANI)

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