India, Germany signed 18 MoUs in various sector to strengthen bilateral relations

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Who: 18 MoUs in various sector
What: Signed between India and Germany
When: 5 September 2015
Why: To strengthen bilateral relations

India and Germany on 5 October 2015 signed 18 MoUs in various sector including renewable energy, skill development and culture. The MoUs were signed at the end of third Indo-German Inter-governmental Consultations in New Delhi.

The meeting was co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel co-chaired the meeting.

List of Agreements/MoU’s signed
Promotion of Languages: Joint Declaration of Intent signed between Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. The agreement seeks to promote German as a foreign language in India and the promote Modern Indian Languages in Germany.
Indo-German Solar Energy Partnership: MoU between the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on Indo-German Development Cooperation Regarding the Indo-German Solar Energy Partnership.
Security Cooperation: MoU was inked between the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany.
Aviation Security: MoU was inked between the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Cooperation in the Field of Skill Development and Vocational Education and Training: A Joint MoU was inked between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, on one hand, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, on the other hand.
Cooperation in the Field of Disaster Management: The Joint Declaration of Intent was inked by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany.
For extension of tenure of Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC): Announced as a Joint Declaration by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.
Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education (IGP): MoU was inked between University Grants Commission (UGC) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany.
Plant Protection Products: Joint Declaration of Intent was inked by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, (MoA&FW) and the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), Germany.
Cooperation in the Field of Railways: to further develop the cooperation in the field of railways a Joint Declaration of Intent was inked between the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany and the Ministry of Railways.
Cooperation in the Field of Manufacturing: MoU was inked between the Department of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises of India and Fraunhofer Society of Germany.
• Fast-Track system for German companies in India: Joint Announcement was made.
Cooperation in the Field of Advanced Training of Corporate Executives and Junior Executives from India: Joint Declaration to continue the cooperation was inked between the two nations.
Cooperation in Food Safety: Joint Statement of Intent was inked between the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
Cooperation in Food Safety: Joint Statement of Intent was inked between the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL).
Cooperation in Agricultural Studies: MoU inked between German Agribusiness Alliance and Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI).
Supporting participation of Indian Young Scientists in Natural Sciences for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings: Letter of Intent was inked between the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of India, the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings (Council), and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings (Foundation).
Summary Record of the Negotiations on Development Cooperation: Inked between the Union Government and the Government of Germany.

The first Indo-German Inter-governmental Consultations took place in India in 2011 and in 2013, Germany hosted the second round. Since taking up this format of cooperation, Indo-German relations have been on a steady upswing.