India to promote geospatial technologies with BRICS partners

India to promote geospatial technologies with BRICS partners

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India: India is planning to collaborate with the BRICS countries in science and technology to generate new knowledge and develop innovative products, services and processes, critical to its and the grouping's growing economies. Science and technology ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) have agreed to promote partnerships with other strategic actors in the developing world.

The five sectors picked by the ministers are geospatial technology and its applications; alternative and renewable energy; astronomy; climate change and mitigation of natural disasters; and water resources and pollution treatment. India will lead with geospatial technology and its application, while Brazil with climate change and natural disasters. Russia will head water resources and pollution treatment. New and renewable energy and energy efficiency will be led by China while South Africa would steer astronomy.

The ministers have also signed an agreement to stimulate joint investment in the development of high technologies, create common technology platforms and set up organisations of applied research and innovation laboratories.

Source: New Indian express