Joint Statement on enhanced Malaysia-India Strategic Partnership released

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Who: Joint Statement on Malaysia-India Strategic Partnership
Where: Malaysia
What: Released
When: 23 November 2015

The Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23 November 2015 released the Joint Statement on enhanced Malaysia-India Strategic Partnership during Narendra Modi’s official visit to Malaysia.

The dialogue mechanisms at Ministerial and Official level between both the sides also provided a framework to harness the full potential of the Strategic Partnership established between the two countries in October 2010.

Both the leaders acknowledged the contribution made by Malaysia and India in promoting growth, economic development and stability in the Asia–Pacific region. Both the Prime Ministers also witnessed the signing of one Agreement on Cultural Exchange Programme for 2015-2020.

Decisions taken to develop the Strategic Partnership between the two countries:

Political Consultation
• To hold regular Summits, including on the margins of multilateral events.
• To arrange the next meeting of the Joint Commission headed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries in New Delhi in the first half of 2016.
• To arrange regular exchanges at the Cabinet level between the Ministers in charge of Trade & Industry, Transport, Public Works and Infrastructure.
• To hold regular Foreign Office Consultations between the Senior Officials of both the countries to monitor the progress of bilateral cooperation.
• Reaffirmed their continued commitment to Parliamentary democracy and to promote further cooperation between the Parliaments of both countries.

Economic, Trade and Financial Areas
• Reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen bilateral trade and investment cooperation and to deepen and widen their economic engagement.
• Underlined the importance of holding regular meeting of the Ministers of Trade and Industry of both countries.
• To promote joint collaboration especially in infrastructure and construction sectors and to facilitate joint projects and collaboration between the private sectors of the two countries.
• Recognising the need to energise the activities of the high-level India-Malaysia CEOs’ Forum to develop specific recommendations to enhance business links in priority areas.
• Welcomed the contribution of Indian investment in Malaysia, in particular India IT firms, especially those located in Cyberjaya.

Defence and Security

• Agreed to enhance defence exchanges through regular dialogue between the Defence Ministers, senior defence officials, Chiefs of the Armed Services and through Service-to-Service Staff Talks.
• Agreed to convene the next India-Malaysia Defence Cooperation Meeting at Defence Secretary/Secretary General level.
• Welcomed the outcome of the joint exercises HARIMAU SHAKTI and to upgrade the exercises to company level.
• Agreed to set up the SU-30 Forum for cooperation in training, maintenance, technical support and safety-related issues for successful completion of the SU 30 MKM training programme by Indian pilots in Malaysia.
• Agreed to institute annual talks between the Heads of the Indian Coast Guards and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency including during Head of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM).
• Agreed to establish mechanism for sharing of information including for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster relief (HADR) and white shipping.
• Agreed to establish linkages between the Centre for UN Peacekeeping of India (CUNPK) and Malaysian Peacekeeping Centre (MPC).
• Agreed to discuss further with a view to conclude the signing of the MoU on Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners.

Tourism and Education

• Acknowledged the success of the Festival of India in Malaysia 2015.
• Agreed to conclude a MoU on mutual recognition of Universities and degrees between India and Malaysia at the earliest;
• Welcomed the additional contribution by India of 50 million rupees to the Indian Scholarship Trust Fund, managed by the High Commission of India in Kuala Lumpur.
• Welcomed the renaming of the Indian Cultural Centre in Kuala Lumpur as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indian Cultural Centre.

Regional and International Cooperation
• Welcomed the adoption by ASEAN and India of the new Plan of Action (2016-2020) to implement the ASEAN–India Partnership for Peace, Progress and Shared Prosperity.
• Welcomed the successful holding of the 27th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits and commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the East Asia Summit in November 2015.
• Welcomed the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the Establishment of the ASEAN Community and the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together.
• Welcomed the post-2015 Development Agenda adopted by the United Nations with eradication of poverty by 2030 as its core objective.

Apart from all this, both the countries also agreed to work mutually in various other fields as well like Human Resources, Health, Science and Technology, Public Administration, etc.