The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi , has given its ex-post-facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Iran on cooperation in the field of health and medicine as well as in the field of agriculture and allied sectors, inked during the visit of the Iranian President to India on February 17, 2018. The MoU will be will be valid initially for a period of five years and will be automatically extended for a subsequent period of five years unless either party notifies the other of its intention of terminating it.
On cooperation in the field of health and medicine, The MoU covers exchange experience in training of medical doctors and other health professionals; assistance in the development of human resources and setting up of healthcare facilities; regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics and exchange of information.
It also promotes cooperation in the field of medical research, new technologies and knowledge-based initiatives; cooperation in public health, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in international health and any other area as may be mutually decided upon.
A Joint Working Group will be set up to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation of this MoU which will encourage cooperation and strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.
The MoU in the field of agriculture and allied sectors provides for cooperation in the areas of agricultural crops, agricultural extension, horticulture, machinery, post-harvest technology, plant quarantine measures, credit, and cooperation.
It also provides for cooperation in soil conservation and water management, integrated nutrients management, seed technology and agricultural marketing. Livestock improvement, dairy development, animal health and other fields as mutually agreed upon fall within the scope of this MoU.
Cooperation will also be effected through the exchange of experts, materials, and information, exchange of trainees and scientists on study visits/training programmes, facilitation of relevant conferences and workshops and any other means as may be mutually agreed upon.