Prime Minister Modi meets with Nordic countries to strengthen partnership in blue economy, clean technologies and 5G
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bilateral meeting with his Nordic counterparts – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway will strengthen partnership in blue economy, clean technologies, geothermal energy and 5G . During a special briefing by Foreign Minister Vinay Kwatra on Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the Nordic countries held at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark, he said: “The Prime Minister’s meetings with the Nordic leaders started with his meeting with his Norwegian counterpart, Jonas Gahr Store, where the discussions and partnership were mainly focused on – 1) the blue economy and its various facets; 2) renewable energies – in particular the possibilities of cooperation in hydropower and green hydrogen; 3) technology and investment linkages – in this context, the PM invited Norwegian pension funds to join India’s growth story; 4) In the health sector in which the two leaders discussed cooperation relating to joint research on vaccines and the development of health infrastructures and 5) Cooperation in the co nstruction and restoration of water bodies in India.
“They also talked about continued cooperation and coordination within the UNSC as well as bilateral cultural cooperation, including in yoga between the two countries,” he said. Prime Minister Modi held talks with Nordic partners on the sidelines of the 2nd India-North Summit. He met PMs from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway. Prior to that, he held bilateral meetings today with his counterparts from Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway.
Prime Minister Modi’s second meeting took place with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, where discussions and cooperation mainly focused on clean technologies and sustainable solutions. “It was widely discussed under 2 headings, one relating to Sweden’s investments in India in clean technologies and sustainable solutions and partnerships in research and innovation in this area, building on partnerships successes of the core computer program which is related to industrial transition,” Kwatra said.
Later in the day, Prime Minister Modi met his Icelandic counterpart Katrin Jakobsdottir and the two Prime Ministers also discussed cooperation in the blue economy, including fishing and food processing. “This year, India and Iceland are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our bilateral relations. Discussions between them focused on cooperation in the field of geothermal energy and its various aspects, including research, training, development of skills and innovation in this space”, declared the Minister of Foreign Affairs. .
Prime Minister Modi’s last bilateral meeting today was with his Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin. The focus of the conversation was to build on the existing strength that India and Finland have gained across the digital partnership ecosystem. “Specifically, they talked about cooperation in the area of digital innovation, digital goods and platforms, including infrastructure like 5G and 6G. We recently established a joint center of excellence in the area of quantum computing and finally the investment in the technology sector by the Finnish countries – already have a strong presence – like Nokia, Errickson,” Kwatra added.
The two leaders talked about women empowerment and also noted the bio-refinery project in Assam which is nearing completion. (ANI)
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