India-UK Joint Statement during the visit of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to India (India-UK Strategic Partnership looking forward to a renewed engagement: Vision for the decade ahead)
The two leaders commended ongoing collaboration in biotechnology and made the following announcement for the Department of Biotechnology:
Harnessing science and technology for a better future
The two Prime Ministers noted that the exponential growth in science and technology programmes in India provide immense possibilities for further expanding bilateral collaboration. India UK joint funding now stands at over £200 million and its leveraged impact on the economies and societies is several times higher.
They announced new research partnerships worth £80 million including a new Joint Strategic Group on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) with a joint investment of up to £13 million. The Prime Ministers recognised that Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) is a global challenge, and further recognised the commitments made at the G20 and UNGA earlier this year.
Building upon the Thames Ganga Partnership, the two Prime Ministers welcomed new initiatives on joint hydrological research programme and re-using waste water as well as innovative biotechnologies for cleaning and processing industrial waste, adding value to the Swachh Bharat programme.
Noting the growing partnership in the area of renewable energy and combating climate change, the two Prime Ministers welcomed the launch of an India UK Clean Energy R&D Centre with a focus on solar energy storage and integration with joint investment of £10 million and a collaborative R&D programme on energy efficient building materials. Both these green initiatives would help to reduce carbon footprint and contribute to the Smart Cities programme.
Building on the recent successful collaborations in agriculture, the two sides announced projects to address post-harvest losses benefiting farmers. Building on the recent successful collaborations in healthcare, the two sides announced the launch of the second phase of joint research in women’s and children’s health in low-income settings.
The two leaders commended ongoing collaboration in biotechnology. The two sides looked forward to engaging on India’s efforts to develop a Bio-bank that will draw on UK Bio-Bank’s scientific expertise.
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