Sunday, 9 September 2012

India, Pak identify 8 areas of mutual cooperation

India and Pakistan have identified eight areas, including agriculture, education and IT & Telecom for mutually beneficial cooperation. 

The Pakistan-India Joint Commission which met here discussed and identified avenues of mutually beneficial cooperation in agriculture, education, environment, health, information, IT & Telecom, Science and Technology and tourism. 

Areas for cooperation were identified by Technical Level Working Groups (TLWG) of the commission. 

The working group on Agriculture identified certain areas for collaboration including exchange of experts and training of scientists in the areas of crop improvement through the use of biotechnology. 

It also discussed cooperation in seed sector, quarantine related matters, livestock and dairy development sector, high efficiency irrigation system and rain water harvesting. 

The two sides explored avenues for furthering cooperation in the fields of school and higher education, non-formal education and adult literacy. 

The working group on Environment discussed various issues relating to environment and agreed to enhance cooperation in the fields of climate change, renewable energy, environmental protection, energy conservation and Clean Development Mechanism, Bio diversity and sustainable forest conservation, solid waste management. 

They also agreed to enhance cooperation in polio eradication and increasing immunization coverage, cooperation in women and child health. 

On Issues of Information and Broadcasting, the two sides discussed exchange of journalists and information professionals, organising film festivals in each other's countries, holding of seminars/workshops, between Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and suitable Pakistani Institute. 

News exchange between official news agencies and exchange of TV and Radio programmes were identified for future collaboration. 

The Working group on IT & Telecom discussed avenues of cooperation. Pakistan invited Indian companies to participate in ICT events in Pakistan. India offered to organise a customised e-governance workshop in India for Pakistan. India offered to forward a proposal for establishing telemedicine linkages between the two countries. 

In Science and Technology sector, the two sides agreed to work on common areas of interest by holding joint workshops/seminars and short training programmes. They identified areas of medicinal plants and herbal medicines (in Pakistan), renewable energy (in India ) and Standards for such collaboration. 

The two sides also explored and identified areas for cooperation particularly in information sharing, Research and Development, human resource development in the field of tourism, Destination management, marketing and promotion, Meetings Incentives Conference and Exhibition (MICE) tourism, travel and hospitality industry.
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