08 November 2016 Current Affairs: India and the United Kingdom released a Joint Statement on 7 November 2015 to strengthen their strategic partnership. The joint statement was released after meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UK Prime Minister Theresa May in Delhi.
PM Theresa May was on a three-day visit to India from 6 November to 8 November 2016 at the invitation of the PM Modi.
This was May’s first bilateral visit outside Europe after taking over as the Prime Minister of the UK. The meet highlighted the need for both the sides to work together in building a forward-looking global partnership to promote peace, security and prosperity of the two countries.
India-UK Trade : Both countries called for greater participation of their respective investment communities to stimulate Indian & UK economic growth.
Both sides agreed to build the closest possible commercial and economic relationship when the UK leaves the European Union.The newly established Joint Working Group, reporting to JETCO, will help drive progress.
Financing India’s infrastructure growth : The two nations agreed to speed up their partnership in financing investment in Indian infrastructure. Smart Cities and Urban Development.
Energy and Climate Change : Both the sides welcomed the decision to hold the first India-UK Energy Summit in early 2017 and the fourth phase of UK-India Civil Nuclear Research Programme that will explore new technologies that contribute to enhancing nuclear safety, waste management and future civil nuclear energy systems.
Global Partnership : UK confirms to reform United Nations Security Council with India as its permanent member and also enhance India’s role within the United Nations system.
Fighting terrorism : Theresa May strongly condemned the September terrorist attack in Uri and offered condolences to the victims and their families.
Cyber cooperation : The two nations showed commitment towards promoting a free, open, peaceful and secure cyberspace.
International Affairs : The two leaders recognised India’s contribution in maintaining peace and stability in the region of South Asia.
VISA Laws : The two leaders agreed on the need to make visa regimes simpler and more efficient for students, businesses, professionals, diplomats and officials and other travelers, including facilitating short-term mobility of skilled personnel between the two countries.
Education and Culture : 2016 is the India-UK Year of Education, Research and Innovation. The two leaders welcomed the first 35 visiting faculties in India from the UK under the Ministry of Human Resource Development funded GIAN programme and 198 new GREAT scholarships for Indian students to study at 40 UK universities.
Science and Technology : The two leaders agreed that the exponential growth in science and technology programmes in India provide immense possibilities for further expanding bilateral collaboration.
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