Cabinet clears India-Bhutan MoU on technical cooperation

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The union cabinet on Wednesday cleared a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Bhutan on technical cooperation in the field of capacity building, bench-marking and bilateral exchange in infrastructure engineering.

The cabinet gave its approval at a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

The MoU will provide an umbrella for educational, scientific and technical research and environment protection, which are also stated in the aim of the India-Bhutan Foundation established in August 2003.

Through the MoU, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) will stand to gain in terms of experience in hill road construction, which is of paramount importance in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and various States of the northeast region.

The CPWD also expects to garner some road construction projects in Bhutan.

India and Bhutan have had long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural relations and the friendship treaty signed in February 2007 also strengthens mutual relations.

Modi visited Bhutan in June 2014. During his visit, the two sides agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation in areas related to their national interests.



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