Recently, a meeting was held in France between the External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar, and Jean-Yves Le Drian, his French counterpart. They decided on some significant developments between the two countries.
Both the nations emphasized cooperation in technology, marine science, and student exchange programs. The two countries will amplify their scientific collaboration in marine science.
The Embassy of France in India will boost scientific partnerships in marine sciences. It will sponsor the scholarships of five students associated with the field. They have also termed for developing partnerships between more critical educations and learning institutions.
India will look into the administrative facet for the implementation of this partnership.
With the help of private funding, India and France will establish a research and development center. It will facilitate joint projects and support projects on the blue economy.
The ‘blue economy’ is a term used to sustain marine resources to aid in economic growth. The economy promotes growth and improves people’s livelihoods directly involved in marine-based activities.
The two countries have planned on the blue economy and ocean governance pathway. India and France intend to benefit from the blue economy and adopt sustainable practices to safeguard the environmental, coastal, and marine resources and biodiversity.
The Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA/IFCPAR) will oversee the project’s progress.
The Goa Atlantic cooperation in Marine Science and Engineering is a joint scientific program. It has been shortened to GOAT for convenience. It was signed on January 20, 2020, in Brest. The Indian Institute of Technology – Goa and the members of “Campus Mondial de la Mer” will work together to contribute to the joint venture.
The two countries will cooperate for the implementation of the GOAT. The visas for the college students and scientists associated with the project will encourage scholar mobility. It will boost the blue financial system sector and marine science and engineering.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs added that both the countries aim for scientific knowledge and ocean conservation. The Indo-French commitment would also ensure that the ocean remains a shared space of freedom and trade globally governed by the rule of law.
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