Aug. 24, 2019

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited France for an official visit for a Bilateral Summit on 22nd and 23rd August 2019 in Paris.

List of MoUs signed during visit:

  1. Implementing Arrangement between ISRO and CNES France for Joint Maritime Domain Awareness

  2. Cooperation Agreement between Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), an autonomous scientific society of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and ATOS

  3. Memorandum Of Agreement between National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), India and The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

  4. Administrative Arrangement between the Ministry of Skill Development, India and the Ministry of National Education and Youth, France

Other key highlights:

  • Coining a new abbreviation, PM Modi said: “Nowadays, we talk of 21st century ‘INFRA’. That is ‘IN’ plus ‘FRA’ — the alliance of India and France… From solar infra to social infra, from technical infra to space infra, from digital infra to defence infra, the alliance of India and France is moving strongly.”

  • Modi also inaugurated a memorial in Nid D’Aigle for Indian victims of two Air India crashes in 1950 and 1966.

Automatic Identification System AIS):

  • India and France formalised the development and launch of AIS, a unique constellation of around 10 low-earth orbit satellites that will continuously provide maritime surveillance and security.

  • They will cover a wide belt around the globe and specifically focus on the Indian Ocean region where France, with its Reunion Islands, has a strategic interest.

Source : MEA