India-Mozambique Current Affairs

Union Cabinet approves Air Services Agreement between India and Mozambique

The Union Cabinet has approved signing of the Air Services Agreement between India and Mozambique.

Presently there is no Air Services Agreement between both countries. In order to promote the air connectivity between them, the two sides had initiated the process of consultation in 2011 to finalize the text of Air Services Agreement.

The draft text of the Air Services Agreement (ASA) was finalized in consultation with Union Ministry of Finance, Union Ministry of External Affairs and Union Ministry of Law & Justice.

Features of the Agreement

  • Each party will designate multiple Airlines.
  • The designated Airline of each party can enter into cooperative marketing arrangements with the designated carriers of same party, other party and that of a Third party.
  • The designated airlines of either countries will be able establish offices in the territory of other country for the promotion and sale of air services.
  • The designated airlines of the two countries will have fair and equal opportunity to operate the agreed services on specified routes.
  • It also has provisions for revocation or suspension of operating authorization, principles governing operations of agreed services, commercial opportunities, safety and security related clause etc.

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India-Mozambique ink three agreements

India and Mozambique have signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in areas of drug trafficking, pulse trading and sports.

These MoUs were signed between two countries at Maputo, Mozambique in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique.

Signed Agreements are

  • MoU on long term agreement for purchase of pulses.
  • MoU on cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports.
  • MoU on reduction of drug trafficking and psychotropic substances and related materials.

Key Facts

  • The MoU on long term agreement for purchase of pulses will promote the production of Tur (Pigeon Peas) and other pulses in Mozambique to encourage trading of pulses.
  • It will also play an important role in augmenting domestic availability of pulses in India and thereby stabilising its prices.
  • The contract will be valid for five financial years i.e. till 2020-21 and pulses under it will be imported by India either through the Government-to-Government (G2G) or private channels nominated by two countries.

Background

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mozambique as part of his first leg of the five day official four African nations tour viz. Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. PM Narendra Modi’s African countries tour agenda is on energy, food security, trade, maritime cooperation and diaspora interactions.

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