India, Kazakhstan sign seven bilateral agreements (update)
Astana (Kazakhstan), Apr 16 (ANI): India and Kazakhstan inked seven treaties on Saturday in Astana, Kazakhstan, including an accord in civil nuclear field and in the oil sector to consolidate their strategic partnership.
At wide-ranging talks between visiting Indian Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbaev, the two sides also decided to work for pushing the bilateral trade, which was currently as low as 300 million dollars.
The two sides signed an inter-governmental pact for 'Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy'.
"The agreement envisages a legal framework for mutually beneficial cooperation between the two sides in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy including fuel supply, nuclear medicine, use of radiation technologies for healthcare including isotopes, reactor safety mechanisms, exchange of scientific and research information, exploration and joint mining of uranium, design, construction and operation of nuclear power plants," a Ministry of External Affairs statement said.
The two sides also signed a joint action plan (Road Map) for furthering the strategic partnership for the period of 2011-2014.
"The Roadmap outlines the joint action plan for implementation of projects to be undertaken by both sides during the period 2011-14 for the implementation of inter-governmental agreements. The Roadmap details specific milestones in a range of areas of bilateral cooperation including hydrocarbons, civilian nuclear energy, space, information technology and cyber security; high-tech and innovative technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, agriculture and cultural exchanges," the statement said.
They also signed a package of three agreements between Indian company "ONGC Videsh Limited" and "NC "KazMunaiGaz" JSC on joint exploration of the Satpayev oil block.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was also signed between Indian Computer Emergency response Team (CERT-In), Dept of Information Technology, and Kazakhstan Computer Emergency Response Team (Kz-CERT).
"The MoU envisages development of cooperation in the area of Information Security and covers the scope of mutual response to cyber security incidents, exchange of information on spam and other cyber-attacks, exchange of information on prevalent cyber security policies and exchange of human resources," the statement said.
A treaty on mutual legal assistance in civil matters was also signed which envisages a wide range of measures for mutual legal assistance in civil matters in accordance with laws of both countries.
"These measures include service of summons and other judicial documents or processes, taking of evidence by means of letters or request or commissions, recognition and execution of court decisions and arbitral awards," the statement said.
Agreements in the field of agriculture and allied sectors, and cooperation in the field of healthcare were also signed. (ANI)
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