New Delhi, December 15: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday accorded its approval to the signing of an agreement between India and Kyrgyzstan on cooperation in the field of agriculture and food related industry. Also The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism, Government of the Republic of India and Ministry of Cultural, Information & Tourism of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.
According to a cabinet statement, the proposed agreement covers various activities in the field of agriculture and allied sectors such as exchange of information and experience in the field of research, animal breeding, Avian Influenza and Food & Mouth Disease (FMD), veterinary medicine, production of seeds based on modern technology, introduction of different types of irrigation, information technology on efficient use of food processing and packaging technology.
It also includes "cooperation in the field of protection of plant variety rights; agricultural research & education; food safety and standards; aquaculture and fisheries".
The Agreement provides for constitution of a Joint Working Group comprising of representatives from both countries to prepare plans of cooperation, provide solutions to the problems arising during the implementation of this agreement and implementation of tasks determined by the Parties, as per the release.
The agreement will be in the force on the date of signing and it will remain into force for five years, and it will be extended for five years automatically unless either party intends to terminate it.
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of tourism would enable both parties to enter into a constructive dialogue for development and promotion of tourism in each other’s country for the economic development of two nations. The signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Kyrgyz Republic will be instrumental in increasing arrival from this important source market.
The MoU aims to expand bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector, to exchange information and data related to tourism, to encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour operators, to establish exchange programme for cooperation in Human Resource Development, to invest in the Tourism and Hospitality sectors, to exchange visits of Tour Operators or Media or Opinion Makers for promotion of two way tourism, to exchange experiences in the areas of promotion, marketing, destination development and management, to participate in travel fairs or exhibitions in each other’s country and to promote safe & honorable and sustainable tourism.