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VIII India Russia Forum on Trade and Investment held in Delhi
As part of the Forum, three round table discussions on ‘Opportunities & Partnership in Infrastructure’, ‘Opportunities and Best Practices in Manufacturing’ and ‘Pharmaceuticals industry and healthcare: Potential for cooperation’ were organized. These were attended by senior government officials and industry experts from two countries. Opportunities and issues confronting bilateral trade and investment relations in these sectors were discussed and roadmaps for enhancement of engagements in these specific sectors were suggested.
In a renewed thrust to joint manufacturing in hi-tech areas, India and Russia have developed a framework for tracking key priority projects at the Secretary level. The sectors covered under this Joint Working Group on Priority Investment Projects include automobile, industrial and road-building machinery, Chemical & Petrochemical Industry, Civil aircraft construction, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, energy, IT, and automobiles. Another Working Group on Modernization and Industrial Cooperation also co-chaired by Secretary, Industrial Policy and Promotion identified potential projects and proposals and addresses issues for its implementation. These two joint working groups met in the month of October 2014 in New Delhi under the co-Chairmanship of Sri Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Industrial Policy and Promotion and the Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation and their recommendations were presented before the India Russia Inter-Governmental Commission which also met on November 5, 2014 in New Delhi.
The India-Russia Forum on Trade & Investment was set up in 2006 with the objective to strive for stable development of Indo-Russian trade, economic and investment cooperation. The next meeting of the Forum would be held in 2015 in Russia on a mutually agreed date.