(L-R) Minister Hugo Martinez met with his counterpart from India, Shri Madhusudan Ganapathi. (Photo: rree.gob.sv)
El Salvador and India cooperate in science and technology
Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
The governments of El Salvador and India signed a technological, scientific and innovation cooperation agreement as part of the First Political and Bilateral Cooperation Talk held in the capital of San Salvador.
Officials from both countries agreed to further develop existing programmes and to open new cooperation paths with the aim of increasing investment, tourism and support for small and medium enterprises.
The Indian delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister, Madhusudhan Ganapathi, who met with Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez, and signed the agreement with the Salvadoran Minister of Cooperation Development, Jaime Miranda; and the Minister of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Erlinda Handal.
In this regard, Miranda recalled that the two countries have had agreements on cooperation in agriculture, aquaculture, environment and climate change since 2011.
Currently, El Salvador and India intend to "further bet on investment and tourism projects," among other fields, added Miranda.
The pact signed in El Salvador states that the two countries "will promote the development of cooperation in science, technology and innovation on the basis of equality and mutual benefit" in areas "to be defined," the agency EFE reports.
The official of Development Cooperation also commented that El Salvador seeks to become a "strategic partner" of India, which integrates together with Brazil, Russia and China the block including four major emerging economies known as BRIC.
"India is a country with an impressive development in fields like science and technology, as well as in agriculture, aquaculture and renewable energy, so this exchange will further identify and promote projects in which we can cooperate with each other," stated Chancellor Martínez.
In addition, he emphasized the "dynamism" of the existing bilateral relations since February 1979.
By Analia Murias