India and France have espoused a road map on the ‘blue economy’ and ocean governance to boost cooperation for the exploitation and preservation of marine resources through economic, infrastructure and scientific cooperation.
The road map was adopted at meeting between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris on Sunday. It’s a part of measures agreed on by the two ministers to consolidate the bilateral strategic cooperation, especially in trade and investments, defence and security, health, education, exploration and innovation, energy and climate change.
Jaishankar travelled to France after participating in the Munich Security Conference in Germany last week. France is among India’s closest strategic partners in Europe, and the two sides also are working with other countries in areas like critical technologies and supply chains.
During their addresses, Jaishankar and Le Drian appreciated the close cooperation between India and France during the Covid-19 pandemic and agreed on heightening the strategic cooperation, the external affairs ministry said in a statement. The “India-France Roadmap on the Blue Economy and Ocean Governance” adopted by the two sides envisages enhancing partnership in blue economy through institutional, economic, infrastructure and scientific cooperation, it said.
The two ministers agreed to continue and enhance cooperation in sports and to soon conclude a joint declaration of intent in the area of sports to facilitate people-to-people contact. They also agreed to strengthen long- standing cooperation on public administration and administrative reforms between the applicable authorities in India and France.
Source: Hindustan Times