Government of India has collaborated with US, Japan and Norway in the fields of health security, rail safety and health co-operation respectively.
India and Norway sign ‘Letter of Intent’ to extend health co-operation:
i.Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare signed a ‘Letter of Intent’ with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ii.This Letter of Intent aims to extend the co-operation in health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of 3 years, starting from 2018.
iii.This co-operation will be in line with the development goals of the Indian Government as stated in its National Health Policy 2017.
vi.They would focus on global health issues of common interest like reproductive, maternal, new-born, child, adolescent health and health system strengthening.
v.Indian Government’s Intensification Plan for Accelerated Maternal and Child Survival would be covered under this co-operation.
India and United States renew Commitment on Health security:
i.India and United States renewed their commitment to work together in the healthcare sector.
ii.This would provide better solutions to the health challenges faced by the people of both the countries.
iii.They would identify areas of mutual interest and promote development in areas like drugs for communicable and non-communicable diseases, low-cost innovations, food and drug regulations, traditional medicine, etc.
India and Japan Co-operation in Rail Safety:
i.Indian Ministry of Railways had requested Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for technical co-operation in Rail Safety.
ii.This co-operation will enable exchange of information and visit of experts from both sides.
iii.A workshop is to be organised in the first week of November 2017 in association with Japanese experts.
Capital – Oslo
Currency – Norwegian krone
Official language – Norwegian and Sami
Prime Minister – Erna Solberg