India-Italy Joint Statement during visit of Prime Minister of Italy to India
The Prime Minister of Italy, H. E. Giuseppe Conte paid an Official Visit to India on 30 October 2018 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, H. E. Narendra Modi. A high level business delegation accompanied the Italian Prime Minister. The two Leaders held bilateral talks and delivered valedictory speeches in the final session of the 2018 edition of the Tech Summit, which was co-hosted by the two countries.
Defence & Technology Partnership: Redefining bilateral ties
The Leaders recognized the importance of regular defence exchanges between the two countries. They took note of the 9th India-Italy Joint Defence Committee meeting which took place in Rome on 16th May 2018 and the recently concluded India-Italy 9th Military Cooperation Group meeting in Rome (11-12 October 2018) which saw the two sides agreeing to the bilateral cooperation plan for the year 2019. Both sides recognized the need to broad base defence ties and make them enduring and mutually beneficial. India invited Italian defence equipment manufacturing companies to invest in India under the Make-in-India initiative and to collaborate with Indian companies for design and construction of defence equipment.
The Leaders noted the successful organization of the Technology Summit in New Delhi on October 29 – 30, 2018. They also acknowledged that the deliberations at the Summit would contribute significantly in facilitating technology transfers, joint ventures, collaborative R&D programmes and in promoting market access between the two countries. Leaders hoped that this Technology Summit will strengthen our partnership for mutual gains based on our shared technological prowess and scientific knowledge. Leaders expressed satisfaction on the long-standing collaboration in science and technology involving some of the best scientific and academic institutions from the two countries in areas like Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Cognitive Neuroscience, Information and Communication Technologies, Environmental Sciences, Materials Sciences, Renewable Energy and protection of cultural heritage.
The Leaders took note of the decision taken by the India-Italy Joint Science and Technology Committee to set up an Italy-India Platform for science and innovation for promoting and facilitating the establishment of Indo-Italian Centres of Excellence in selected areas of mutual strength such as cultural heritage preservation, renewable energy, life sciences, and geohazards. It was acknowledged that this initiative could not only link top universities, research institutes and industries of the two countries, but could also provide technological solutions to address common challenges. It was noted that Indian researchers are the third largest users of the Italian synchrotron facility – ELETTRA in Trieste. India also developed two sophisticated diffraction beam lines – ‘XRD2’ and ‘XPRESS’, for advanced material research in ELETTRA, which is available for use by the international scientific community in frontiers of material science and engineering.
Recognizing Italy’s status as an international leader in the area of Design, the two sides agreed to explore the feasibility of collaborating in the fields of Life Style Accessories Design (LAD) with special focus on the leather sector, and Transportation & Automobile Design (TAD). The Leaders agreed to launch the next phase of the bilateral India-Italy Industrial Research & Development Cooperation Program. This will enable industries, enterprises and research institutions of both countries to partner seamlessly in co-developing new products, proto types, processes by converting “know-how” into “show-how” in areas covering advanced materials; smart manufacturing; clean and green technologies and technologies for Cultural Heritage.