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4th NITI Aayog -Development Research Council (DRC) Dialogue

 

 

The fourth Dialogue between Development Research Centre (DRC) of the State Council, Peoples' Republic of China and National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), Republic of India (the ‘NITI Aayog- DRC Dialogue') was held on 1 November 2018 in Mumbai, India. The Chinese delegation was led by H.E. Mr. Li Wei, President of DRC and the Indian delegation was led by H.E Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog.

 

The dialogue took place under the MOU between NITI Aayog of the Government of India and the Development Research Centre (DRC), State Council of the People’s Republic of China that was signed during the visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to China in May 2015.

 

It was attended by 40 senior delegates from China and India Administration, and representatives of local government, academia and enterprises. The Indian delegation consisted of delegates from NITI Aayog, Ministry of External Affairs, Department of Commerce, academicians and other eminent personalities.

 

In this year's Dialogue, three sessions were held on topics covering Global Economy, Globalization, and Macro-economic Policies in China and India; Innovation, Opening up and Economic Transformation; and Sino-India Economic and Trade Cooperation: Potentials and Prospects.

 

It was agreed that NITI Aayog and DRC will undertake joint research in the areas of WTO reforms and urbanization, which would be presented in the next Dialogue. The teams nominated by both sides to undertake the research will interact through inter-sessional meetings and present the results at the 5th Dialogue. The 5th DRC-NITI Aayog Dialogue shall be convened in Wuhan, China in November, 2019.

 

 

5th NITI Aayog-National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED)

 

The 5th edition of the India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) was held in Beijing, China on April 14th, 2018. The Indian Side was led by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog and the Chinese Side by Dr. He Lifeng, Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The two Sides exchanged in-depth view on global economic trends and the macroeconomic situation of both countries. Discussions were held on enhancing bilateral practical cooperation across the five Inter-Ministerial Working Groups, i.e. Policy Coordination; Infrastructure; High-tech; Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection; and Energy that exist within the ambit of the SED.

It was noted that the SED has played a positive role for the two countries in seizing opportunities, enhancing mutual trust, expanding consensus, and strengthening strategic coordination and cooperation.

The concrete outcomes, achievements and progress made by the five Working Groups of the SED in line with the principles of pragmatism and in order to boost sustainable economic development were also laid out during the Dialogue.

The delegations from both Sides for the SED comprised of senior officials and notable representatives from the government, enterprises and research institutions. As an outcome of the Dialogue, it was agreed by the Sides to conduct field investigations and related meetings to promote the implementation of the achievements of this SED and to enhance interaction and communication.

The 6th edition of the SED is scheduled be held at a mutually convenient date in 2019 in India.

 

1st India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue between NITI Aayog and Ministry of Economic Development, Russian Federation

 

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, Government of India has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (MEDRF), Government of Russia on 05.10.2018 to explore the potential of cooperation in the framework of preparation and implementation of strategies and programs of social, economic, industrial and regional development.

Under the agreements stipulated in the MoU, the 1st India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue (IRSED) was held at St. Petersburg, Russia on 25-26 November 2018. The IRSED was led by Mr. Maxim Oreshkin, Minister, MED from the Russian side and Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog from the Indian side.

The 1st IRSED focused on five core areas of cooperation, namely, Development of Transport Infrastructure and Technologies; Development of Agriculture and Agro-Processing sector; Small and Medium Business Support; Digital Transformation and Frontier Technologies; and Industrial Cooperation and Trade. The intended objective of the IRSED was to identify the most promising areas to improve bilateral trade, economic and investment cooperation, and to define joint projects in the framework of national programs.

Representatives of federal and region authorities, academic and business communities participated from both Sides in IRSED. The need to recognize shared interests through the IRSED mechanism and commitment to closely cooperate and address outstanding issues in a time-bound and mutually beneficial way was reaffirmed by both sides at the Dialogue.

As an outcome of the Dialogue, an India-Russia Bilateral Council has been set up in NITI Aayog tasked to carry the objectives of the IRSED forward.

The second India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue is scheduled to be held at the end of July/beginning of August 2019 in India.

 

NITI Aayog-National Planning Commission, Nepal Dialogue

 

Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog visited Kathmandu on 20 September, 2018 and delivered a distinguished public lecture on “India, Nepal and Neighbourhood”. Vice Chairman also met Prof. Puspa Raj Kadel, Vice Chair of the National Planning Commission (NPC) of Nepal. The matter of setting up an annual policy dialogue between NITI Aayog and the National Planning Commission of Nepal, which had been agreed during the State Visit of PM Nepal to India in August 2017, was discussed with the Vice-Chair of NPC. This was further deliberated with the Vice Chair of NPC during his visit to India in October, 2018 and it was agreed that a structure for initiating the dialogue would be put in place, in consultation with Ministry of External Affairs of India and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal.

 

Fifth Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

 

In September 2015, 193 countries including India committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as detailed in the UN resolution, ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. The central platform for international follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda is the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which meets annually under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

 

As a regional preparatory for the HLPF, the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development was held for the 5th time at Bangkok from 28 Mar 2018 to 30 Mar 2018 under the chairmanship of Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog. It engaged member States, United Nations bodies, international organizations and other stakeholders in deliberations on the theme, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. The Forum reviewed progress on the identified SDGs to be discussed at the HLPF — Goals 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnership for the Goals) — as well as the interlinkages across all Goals. The Forum facilitated experience sharing between countries who have already presented their Voluntary National Reviews at the HLPF and those who were to present theirs at the HLPF 2018 to be held in the month of July at New York. The Forum also took stock of progress made in respect of the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. Around 600 participants joined the event.

 

South Asia Forum on Sustainable Development

 

The “South Asia Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals” was co-organized by NITI Aayog, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and RIS on 4-5 October 2018 at India Habitat Centre to enhance awareness on challenges and opportunities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, generate reflections on sub-regional perspectives and good practices on the Goals under review at the HLPF in 2019, and identify ways to strengthen partnerships and implementation efforts. Representatives from South Asian countries, prominent think tanks and academia as well as regional and sub-regional organizations supporting implementation of SDGs participated in the Forum. Key focal areas of the deliberations were the scope and options for improving the regional/sub-regional policy environment for implementation of SDGs and capacity development of key stakeholders.

 

Statement of Intent (SOI) between NITI Aayog and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), U K

 

The SOI envisages a partnership between NITI Aayog and the BEIS under which UK regional technology clusters including the Midlands Engine economic region, the Northern Powerhouse economic region, other Mayoral Combined Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships, and Regions of the UK as accepted by the BEIS and NITI Aayog,  may found pragmatic cooperation partnerships with Indian regional authorities (collectively referred to as “the cluster members”)  with similar technological priorities for; bilateral discussions and exchange including of best practice; discussion, and sharing of experiences on what works in policy development and delivery; collaboration on technology and innovation challenges; and joint showcasing of India-UK technology.

 

The partnership would facilitate exploring the potential for deeper and more regular engagement on  future technology co-operation vis a vis Future Mobility and Electric Vehicles,  AI and Data (including as applied to healthcare in  support of the Digital Pilots in the Aspirational Health Districts and equivalent UK initiatives), FinTech, digital and advanced manufacturing (including collaboration on a potential India UK Future Manufacturing Centre); entrepreneurship; and on advancing AI, big data and analytics capability for evidence based policy making. Other areas may be added with the arrangement of both participants.

 

 

Signing of MoU between India and Russia

 

NITI Aayog signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (MEDRF), Government of Russia on 05.10.2018. The MoU will create a platform for enabling partnerships, sharing of experience in the field of development of economic policy, regular interactions and cooperation between subjects of the Russian Federation and States and Union Territories of the Republic of India.

The cooperation between the Sides will include: conducting and execution of joint research projects, exchange of information and research works, visits of specialists, organization of seminars, conferences and other meetings on agreed agenda; and other forms of cooperation as per mutual consent of the Sides. The first Dialogue under the MOU was held in St. Pietersburg in November, 2018.