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India, ASEAN sign agreement to boost science and tech cooperation

New Delhi, India, 7 November 2006 – India and ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) have signed a joint declaration for cooperation in Science & Technology. Addressing a joint press conference in New Delhi on 7 November, India’s Union Minister for Science and Technology Mr. Kapil Sibal and Dato’ Dr. Jamaluddin Mohd. Jarjis, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia and Leader of ASEAN delegation said that the declaration will not only strengthen the Science & Technology ties between the countries in the region but will also make ways for new horizons.

India has offered ASEAN countries training in space technologies, including remote sensing applications and satellite design, as a part of measures to step up co-operation in the field. India, through the Indian Space Research Organisation, has offered ASEAN countries short-term training programmes in satellite design to help them fulfill their aspirations in the niche field. Besides, satellite design India has also offered access to remote sensing data, including satellite imagery of the region for weather forecasting.

The Heads of Science and Technology Agencies of the State/ Governments of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam and India gathered and met in New Delhi, India on 6th November, 2006 for the 12th Technology Summit and Technology Platform, organized jointly by the Department of Science & Technology, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and ASEAN Committee on Science & Technology (COST).

“The agreement is on setting up an Indo-ASEAN Science and Technology Fund to undertake collaborative work in Research and Development and technology development in areas of common interest,” Mr. Sibal told reporters on Tuesday.

On the occasion Mr. Sibal also announced decision to set up India-ASEAN Institute for Intellectual Property for building human resource capacities and training to serve the ASEAN region and also said a Tsunami Early Warning System would be inter-connected with the Malaysian network so that a warning is relayed to them in seconds.