India, South Korea sign nine agreements to boost bilateral ties

New Delhi, Jan.16, (ANI): India and South Korea on Thursday signed nine agreements to boost bilateral ties between the two countries.

The agreements signed included one on the protection of classified military information, which was signed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony and South Korean Foreign Minister un Byung-se. The agreement aims to ensure the protection of classified military information exchanged under this Agreement and to cooperate in the field of defence.

The agreement on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was signed by Dr. K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and the president of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Kim Seung-Jo. The agreement aims promote the peaceful uses of outer space in the interests of international cooperation at regional and global level.

The two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Joint Applied Research and Development Programme in Science and Technology. The MoU which was signed by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Mr. Choi Mun-Kee, Minister, Science, ICT and Future Planning aims to develop cooperation in the field of prospective technologies for the common benefit of the two countries by involving industry-academia-institute partnerships for translational research leading to the practical application of research and development (R and D) findings, and to cooperate in a joint applied research and development program.

The two nations entered into an agreement for Cultural Exchange Programme 2014-2017, which was signed by Ravindra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Dr. Lee Joon- Gyu, Korean Ambassador. It aims to enhance cooperative activities under the Cultural Agreement concluded between the governments of the two countries on 12 August 1974

The two nations signed a MoU on the Establishment of Nalanda University. The MoU which was signed by Vishnu Prakash, Ambassador of India to RoK and Lee Joon- Gyu, Korean Ambassador aims at cooperation between two countries in reviving Nalanda University as an international institution that will advance the concept of an Asian community by bringing together future generations in a common objective of making new discoveries of old relationships to realize a unity of minds.

The agreement on Cooperation between Doordarshan (DD) and Korea International Broadcasting Foundation (Arirang Tv) was signed Tripurari Sharan, Director General, Doordarshan and Shon Jie-ae, CEO, Arirang TV. The agreement aims to develop and strengthen mutual friendly relations in the field of Broadcasting with the aim of leading to greater understanding between the two countries.

A joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the Field Of Information And Communications Technology was signed between Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and IT and Choi Mun-Kee, Minister, Science, ICT and Future Planning. The joint declaration aims to promote, facilitate and support joint ventures, joint initiatives and markets in the ICT sector.

The two sides signed a MoU on Cooperation and Information Exchange for Development of an Arrangement for Mutual Recognition of Certifying Authorities. The MoU was signed by T.A. Khan, Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCa) and Jin-Soo Lim, Vice Head of Korea Certification Authority Central, Korea Internet and Security Agency. The MoU aims to develop cooperation between the parties for facilitating development of an arrangement which will provide such mutual recognition of the certifying authorities of the two countries.

The two sides signed a MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Cyber Security. The MoU was signed by Gulshan Rai, DG, Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and Kijoo Lee, President, Of Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA). The MoU aims to develop cooperation between the parties in the area of information security to deter cyber threats and to further improve computer security readiness and raise awareness around the importance of keeping systems secure, and security practices and procedures current. (ANI)