Syllabus: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
India and New Zealand sign MoU to boost cooperation in Civil Aviation
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation in civil aviation
- The Government of India and the Government of New Zealand have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation in civil aviation.
- This will cover the scheduling of new routes, code share services, traffic rights and capacity entitlement.
- The MoU was signed by Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and the New Zealand High Commissioner in the presence of Minister for Civil Aviation of India and Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity, Minister for Land Information, and Minister for Rural Communities of New Zealand.
Here are some specific areas of cooperation between India and New Zealand:
- Trade and investment: The two countries have a free trade agreement, which has helped to boost trade and investment between them. New Zealand is a major exporter of dairy products, education services, and meat to India. India is a major exporter of IT services, pharmaceuticals, and engineering goods to New Zealand.
- Defence and security: The two countries have held joint military exercises and have agreed to cooperate on defence procurement. They have also worked together on United Nations peacekeeping missions.
- Climate change: The two countries are committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. They have worked together on a number of climate change initiatives, such as the Paris Agreement.
- Education: There is a strong educational exchange between India and New Zealand. Around 23,000 Indian students study in New Zealand each year.
- Culture and tourism: There is a growing interest in each other’s cultures between India and New Zealand. The number of tourists traveling between the two countries has been increasing in recent years.