Indian Diaspora Current Affairs - 2020

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Task Force Meet: India and Norway to strengthen their BLUE ECONOMY PARTNERSHIP

In January 2019, India and Norway jointly inaugurated a Task Force of Blue Economy for Sustainable Development. The third meet of the task force was held on February 18, 2020.

They also launched a new collaboration of Integrated Ocean Management and Research at the meet.

Highlights

India and Norway have been strengthening their ties making Indo-Norwegian Ocean Cooperation as a key pillar in their bilateral relationship. The task force aims at mobilizing stakeholders of India and Norway at the highest level to ensure progress across ministries and agencies.

Significance

India being the largest democracy plays a major role in sustainable development both globally and regionally. Also, 15% of Indian population residing in Norway are in the coastal region. Above all, 70% of the Norwegian Economy depends on maritime industry of the country.

The task force was set up at the India Norway Business Summit.

India Norway Business Summit

The Summit was held in New Delhi in January 2019 during the visit of Norwegian PM to India. Around 15 MoUs were signed at the summit. It includes sustainable sea food production, smart grids, energy markets, green shipping, digital solutions, etc. Green shipping is use of LNG.

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40 Indian Origin Youth take part in 54th Know India Programme

40 Indian Origin youth have taken part in 54th Edition of Know India (KIP) Programme. This edition is scheduled from 1st August to 25th August, 2019. Punjab and Harayana are partner sates for this edition. These 40 participants are from 9 countries, namely Fiji (7), Trinidad & Tobago (7), Mauritius (7), Guyana (6), Suriname (5), Myanmar (3), South Africa (2), Israel (2) and Reunion Island (1) out of which 26 are female and 14 are male.

About Know India Programme (KIP)

It is important initiative of Union Government aimed to engage and make students and young professionals of India Diaspora in age group of 18-30 years. It was launched in 2004. It is 25-day orientation programme organized by Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in partnership with one or two States including visit to States for 10 days. It seeks to give sense of connect to Indian origin youth with their motherland and motivate and inspire them by the transformation taking place in India.

Objective of KIP: (i) Give Indian origin youth exposure to various aspects of contemporary India’s forms of art, heritage and culture. (ii) Promote awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by country in various fields such as industry, education, science and technology, information & communication technology (ICT), climate and power and renewable energy etc.

Selection of Participants: They are selected on basis of nominations recommended by the Indian Missions or Posts abroad.

Implementation Status: Since 2004, MEA has conducted 53 editions of KIP with participation of 1821 Overseas Indian youth.

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