Military ties, vaccine production will be the focus of the Columbia VP visit later this month

Both leaders discussed efforts to increase trade and investment and export trade. (Twitter / Meenakashi Lekhi)

The preparation of a roadmap for vaccine production, research and development in Colombia will be the focus of Indian President and Foreign Minister Martha Lucia Ramirez’s visit to India later this month.

Both countries identified areas such as agriculture, defense and security, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, sustainable energy, culture, education and sports, and women’s empowerment.

According to diplomatic sources, Colombia’s Vice President will arrive in India at the end of September with Health Minister Fernando Ruiz and Science and Technology Minister Tito José Christie.

Although no official dates have been announced, India’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Minakashi Leki and Vice President Ramirez on Monday (September 6, 2021) announced the agenda for his upcoming visit to Bogotá.

Both countries identified areas such as agriculture, defense and security, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, sustainable energy, culture, education and sports, and women’s empowerment.

India-Colombia Space Cooperation
On Monday, the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in space exploration and the use of peaceful purposes. The talks between Indian State Minister of Foreign Affairs Minakashi Leki and Colombian Vice President Ramirez were concluded. Finance Express Online reported that a memorandum of understanding was reached last week in the space sector.

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According to top diplomatic sources, “Colombia is committed to space development in accordance with the 2020 CONPES 3983 and President Ivan Duke’s 2021 Law 2107.

As previously reported, the MoU focuses on launching space vehicles for peaceful purposes, investigations, dynamic and large-scale power monitoring, development and satellite applications.

India-Colombia defensive link
Defense cooperation There is still no major difference between the two countries in terms of joint military exercises, best practices or officer training.

MKU Private Limited, an Indian company that was in that country and provided body armor for home security like bulletproof vests.

What can India offer?
Special training for officers in basic and mountaineering courses, as well as cross-secondary training for instructors in training institutes.

Colombia has some of the best shipbuilding industries in the region. COTECMAR – Columbia is the best shipping port. India has the opportunity to work with the navy and build ships for the region’s navy.

MoS meeting in Colombia
The discussions focused on bilateral trade and investment in information and communication technologies, energy security, food security and education, women’s empowerment, sports, culture and health.

The two countries have maintained bilateral relations for 62 years, and in the past three years, the two countries have further strengthened ties in areas such as trade and investment, agriculture, biotechnology, science and innovation and foreign space.

At the San Carlos Palace, Vice President and Chancellor Ramirez highlighted the mutual benefits of the two countries. “We share 62 years of strong friendship and common interests with India, promoting global security, stability and overall prosperity through trade, investment and relations,” she said.

She talked about deep cooperation with India in the pharmaceutical industry. We are determined to strengthen the pharmaceutical industry by recognizing technology and social innovation around the world. That is why it is important to focus on public policy efforts. That is why cooperation is an important resource for understanding and learning about India’s experience in this area. ”

Trade and Investment
Both leaders discussed efforts to increase trade and investment and export trade.

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