1. Co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Minister of External Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, and H.E. Mr. Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister of Republic of India, the Sixth Brazil-India Joint Commission Meeting was held in Brasilia on 14 and 15 October, 2013. The composition of both delegations can be found in Annex I.
2. Taking note of the tenth anniversary of the First Meeting of the Joint Commission, the Ministers reaffirmed the importance of the mechanism for strengthening political dialogue, reviewing bilateral cooperation and exchanging views on regional and multilateral issues. Both Ministers have positively assessed the progress made over the course of the last ten years and highlighted that the Joint Commission reflects the strategic nature and the vast potential of the bilateral relations, and agreed on the need to intensify efforts with a view to implementing initiatives to diversify the bilateral agenda.
3. Minister Figueiredo expressed the satisfaction of the Brazilian Government with the outstanding results of President Dilma Rousseff's State Visit to India in March 2012, and reiterated the gratitude for the kind hospitality extended to the Brazilian delegation.
4. They reaffirmed the importance of the aforementioned State Visit to the further strengthening and deepening of the bilateral Strategic Partnership, based on the solid democratic values the two countries share and on their commitment to the promotion of economic growth with social inclusion to the benefit of their respective societies.
5. The two Ministers recognized the importance that both sides attribute to the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue as a mechanism for the exchange of views on their respective regional scenarios, as well as on their perspectives on issues of the international agenda.
6. They also highlighted the importance of exchange of high level visits for the implementation of the bilateral agenda and the identification of new areas of cooperation.
7. The two Ministers recalled that the coordination in multilateral fora and the ongoing cooperation in IBSA, BRICS, BASIC, G-4 and G-20 is an extremely important dimension of the Brazil-India Strategic Partnership. In this context, they expressed the willingness of the two countries to further contribute to the reform of the institutions of global governance with a view to making them more legitimate, representative and inclusive.
8. Recalling the ongoing cooperation within the G4, the Ministers reiterated that difficulties of the Security Council in dealing with international challenges, including current ones, have further highlighted the need for U.N. Security Council reform in order to better reflect geopolitical realities of the 21st century and make the Council more broadly representative, efficient and transparent. They recalled that almost 10 years ago, in the Outcome Document of the 2005 World Summit, international leaders committed themselves to an early reform of the Security Council. In this context, both Ministers underlined the need to intensify efforts to translate, at the latest by 2015, the existing agreement into concrete outcomes, as well as reaffirmed their full support for each other's candidature for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council.
9. The two Ministers stressed the importance of joint efforts of the two countries in the G-20 and other international economic fora with a view to further inclusive growth and employment generation. They also emphasized the importance of the completion of the ongoing reforms of IMF governance as indispensable for enhancing the Fund’s credibility, legitimacy and effectiveness.
10. The Indian side congratulated the Brazilian side on the election of Mr. Roberto Azevêdo as Diretor-General of the WTO. Minister Figueiredo expressed once again his recognition for the support of India to the election of the Brazilian candidate. The two Ministers reiterated their intention to continue their cooperation in WTO issues. In this sense, they look forward to the 9th World Trade Organisation’s Ministerial conference to be held in December 2013, and expect that it will be a stepping stone to the successful and balanced conclusion of the Doha Development Round.
11. Recalling, with satisfaction, the tenth anniversary of the formal launching of the IBSA Dialogue Forum, both Ministers reaffirmed that IBSA has succeeded in laying a strong foundation for multi-dimensional and multi-sectorial cooperation in a wide range of areas. Recalling the Brasília Declaration of June 2013 that constituted the IBSA Forum, the two Ministers underscored the IBSA's uniqueness as the forum which brings together India, Brazil and South Africa, three large democracies and major economies from three different continents, facing similar challenges and all three countries being developing, pluralistic, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-religious nations. The Ministers further stressed the renewed relevance of the IBSA Fund for Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger in successfully demonstrating the importance and viability of South-South cooperation through the implementation of a number of projects in several developing countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East and in the Caribbean, contributing to the accomplishment of the Millennium Development Goals. Both sides looked forward to having the 8th Trilateral Commission Meeting as well as 6th IBSA Summit at an early date.
12. The Brazilian side congratulated India for the successful organization of the IV BRICS Summit (New Delhi, March 2012). The Brazilian side also expressed its willingness to reciprocate the hospitality during the next BRICS Summit, to be held in 2014 in Brazil.
13. Minister Khurshid thanked Minister Figueiredo for hosting the meeting of BRICS Foreign Ministers in New York on 26 September. The two sides recognized salience of BRICS in coordinating, consulting and cooperating on global governance and contemporary issues of mutual interest. Minister Khurshid assured full support of India to Brazil's efforts in hosting the next Summit and furthering BRICS cooperation.
14. Brazil and India highlighted the importance of deepening mutual understanding and strengthening friendship ties between their respective government institutions and civil societies and business and academic communities. In this sense, the parties welcomed the joint initiative of the Brazilian "Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão – FUNAG" and the Public Diplomacy Division of Ministry of External Affairs of India in organizing the seminar "India and Brazil: A Partnership for the 21st century", held in Brasilia, in October 2013 with the participation of very knowledgeable speakers from both sides. The seminar provided the occasion for fruitful discussions on important issues in the bilateral agenda: Challenges and Opportunities of Global Governance; Challenges and Opportunities in the Strategic Partnership between India and Brazil; and the Historical bonds and transformative convergence in the relations between India and Brazil. It was also agreed that a reciprocal event would be organized in India next year.
15. The Ministers welcomed the signature of a bilateral protocol to the "Brazil-India Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement" that amends its Article 26, regarding the exchange of information. The protocol is a further step in the global effort to establish an international financial system based on co-operation between countries, transparency and effective exchange of information in tax matters.
16. Both Ministers expect to exchange soon the notes on the ratification of the bilateral Agreement on Mutual Assistance on Customs Matters, which will strengthen cooperation between customs authorities, in order to enforce customs laws and regulations. Such cooperation will contribute to the expansion of trade flows and will ensure the security of logistic chains.
17. Furthermore, they welcome the signature of the Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, which will enhance prospects of a closer cooperation between Brazil and India in legal assistance matters.
18. The two sides also expressed satisfaction with the renewal of the Agreement on Cooperation between their respective diplomatic academies, the Foreign Service Institute and "Instituto Rio Branco", signed in 2007. The agreement has offered so far a most valuable opportunity for the new generations of Brazilian and Indian diplomats to deepen mutual understanding and better know each other's values and traditions. Brazil expressed its interest in implementing the new program for the interchange of professors between the two diplomatic academies, still in 2013.
ECONOMIC AND TRADE RELATIONS
19. The two Ministers analyzed the vast potential for further growth of the bilateral trade as well as the need for its diversification. Recalling the goal to attain US$ 15 billion bilateral trade by 2015, which was established by H.E. President Dilma Rousseff and H. E. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the State Visit to India in 2012, the two Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to support new initiatives with a view to identify possible obstacles to trade and to agree upon appropriate solutions.
20. In this context, they highlighted the Government of India's initiative to create, in 2011, a High Level Committee, within the Ministry of Commerce and Industry , with a view to proposing actions for improving economic and trade relations between India and Latin America. They also welcomed the decision taken by the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil to elaborate sectorial studies on potential new areas for trade and investments in India.
21. With a view to diversifying bilateral trade, the two Ministers called for joint initiatives such as the promoting the exchange of business missions between both countries. They expressed their commitment to encouraging their respective industrial sectors, in particular small and medium size enterprises to participate in each other's trade fairs, seminars and business conclaves in order to enhance trade flows. In this context, the Indian side reiterated its offer to the Brazilian side to become the Partner Country in India International Trade Fair (IITF 2014) to be held in Delhi on 14-27 November 2014. The Indian side informed the Brazilian side that in 2012-2013 more than ten business delegations have participated in trade fairs organized in Brazil in sectors such as Textiles and Apparels, Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering, Automotive Industry and Pharmaceuticals. The Indian side informed of the India-Latin America Conclave, in December 9-10, 2013 and invited the Brazilian side to participate. The Indian side also requested the support of the Brazilian Government in the organization of India Show, planned to be held in São Paulo in 2014, and coordinated by FICCI.
22. They also reported that there is a significant number of Indian companies investing in Brazil, with over fifty of them having a physical presence in Brazil, in areas such as oil, renewable sources of energy, mining, engineering and automotive services, information technology and pharmaceuticals, and welcomed the interest of Indian companies in establishing joint ventures in different sectors. The Brazilian side acknowledged the valuable contribution that the Indian Information Technology and Pharmaceutical companies are making in the development of Brazilian knowledge economy by generating skillful employment on one hand and bringing cost effective technology on the other.
23. The Indian side expressed its satisfaction with the Brazilian investments in India in areas such as urban transportation, IT services and equipment, footwear, infrastructure, energy and healthcare equipment. They highlighted the importance of having more Brazilian companies investing in India as well and shared the view that there is a need to improve the exchange of information of rules and regulations applied to foreign investments in both countries.
24. They further noted that the Trade Monitoring Mechanism has significantly contributed to the enhancement of bilateral trade and investments and expressed their confidence that the 4th Meeting of this mechanism, to be held in Brasilia, in November 2013, will play an important role to achieving the US$ 15 billion goal for bilateral trade by 2015.
25. The Ministers expressed their support to the negotiation of a MOU on cooperation on services issues. They recalled that the Trade Monitoring Mechanism meeting in November 2013 will be an opportunity for furthering the discussions on the draft first presented by Brazil in April 2012.
26. Both Ministers reiterated their support towards greater dialogue and the expansion of contacts between the business communities of the two countries. In this context, the two Ministers underscored the importance of the Brazil-India CEOs Forum as a mechanism to further stimulate trade and investment relations between companies of the two countries, especially Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs). They also highlighted that the CEOs Forum should meet regularly and guide the process from the business point of view. The two Ministers expect that the two designated co-chairs of the CEOs Forum, Mr. Marco Stefanini from Brazil and Mr. K V Kamath from India, with the support of designated secretariats of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI), would soon be able to arrange the first meeting of the Brazil-India CEOs Forum.
27. The Parties welcomed the resumption of discussions for deepening and expanding the Preferential Trade Agreement India-Mercosur and reaffirmed their expectation that the agreement will contribute increasingly to the diversification and expansion of trade between the two countries. Indian side requested Brazil's support in expediting the process.
28. Both Ministers supported the strengthening of the dialogue between their Governments in the area of trade negotiations.
MINING AND ENERGY
29. The Ministers welcomed the perspective of increased investments in each other's energy sectors. The Indian side informed about investments made by other Indian companies. The Indian side invited the Brazilian oil & gas companies to participate in the upcoming NELP X bidding rounds for oil & gas blocks in India.
30. The Indian company ONGC Videsh Limited which already has investments in oil blocks in Brazil, as well as cooperation with Petrobras, is a Level A tenderer in the forthcoming Libra Field Pre-salt Tender, scheduled for October 21st. Both sides expect that the success of this would lead to development of newer dimension in our bilateral cooperation in oil & gas area. The Brazilian company Andrade Gutierrez is considering alternatives to invest in hydro-electricity projects in India.
31. The delegations reiterated the importance of increasing the share of renewable sources in the global energy mix, and expressed interest in strengthening cooperation in the areas of biomass, hydropower, solar and wind energy technologies in addition to the ongoing initiatives within the IBSA framework.
32. Both sides expressed their mutual intent to deepen bilateral cooperation in civil nuclear energy. In this regard, the Indian side suggested that a delegation of Brazilian nuclear energy experts to visit India to discuss further concrete proposals in this sector.
33. The Indian side requested Brazilian side to expedite response on the proposed draft Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries on Cooperation in the field of Geology and Mineral Resources, forwarded in November 2012. The Indian side welcomed Brazilian side's interest in deepening cooperation between the Geological Survey of Brazil - CPRM - and the Geological Survey of India - GSI and suggested that it be included in the proposed MoU. The two sides also welcomed the signing of the Letter of Intent between the Ministry of Steel of India and the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil for enhancing cooperation in the mineral sector with special focus on steel in February 2013 in Brasilia.
34. The Brazilian side expressed satisfaction with the election of New Delhi to host the 36th International Geological Congress in 2020. The Indian side thanked the support extended by Brazil.
AGRICULTURE AND FOOD PROCESSING
35. Recognizing the high potential of bilateral trade in agribusiness and food processing, the Ministers committed themselves to discuss ways to overcome difficulties related to tariff and logistical barriers for perishable products. The Ministers expressed their expectation that the 4th Trade Monitoring Mechanism would undertake meaningful discussions to address such difficulties.
36. Similarly, both parts expressed willingness to enhance the cooperation in agriculture and animal husbandry, as well as in stockbreeding research and development, particularly between EMBRAPA and ICAR.
37. Both sides welcomed the decision to define the composition of the Joint Working Group, established in 2008 by the Memorandum of Understanding on Agriculture and Allied Sectors. It was noted that further action to implement initiatives under this MOU will be discussed during the forthcoming Trade Monitoring Mechanism meeting.
38. The Brazilian side requested the concerned authorities of India to expedite the issuance of sanitary certification of livestock products exported by Brazil, as well as the issuance of licenses for Brazilian importers of genetic bovine material from India.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
39. The two Ministers welcomed the positive results achieved at the first meeting of the Joint Commission for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, held in New Delhi in March 2012, and commended the adoption of the Program of Work on Scientific and Technological Development (2012-2014). They also commended the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between Brazil and India on Cooperation in the field of Biotechnology. Through these instruments, the countries were able to launch two joint calls for projects, with a view to assuring financial support for scientific, technological and innovation research activities in areas such as Agriculture (including bioenergy), Biomedical and Health Sciences, Engineering (Nanotechnology and Materials), Geosciences (Oceanography and Climate change), Mathematics, Information and Communication Technologies, as well as and Renewable Energies. The projects will be jointly developed by Brazilian and Indian researchers. The Ministers noted with satisfaction that more than 90 proposals have been submitted so far.
40. The two Ministers took note of the outcome of the meeting of the Brazil-India Scientific Council, held on 27 September 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, as reported by the co-chairs Jacob Palis and C. N. R. Rao. The Council provides an important platform for the enhancement of the bilateral cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation, within the framework of the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation, of September 2006.
41. Both sides stressed the importance of an early conclusion of negotiations to renew the Complementary Arrangement on Cooperation for the Expansion of the Brazilian Terrestrial Station for the Reception and Processing of data from the Remote Sensing Satellites of India. The renewal of the Arrangement will allow for the strengthening of the cooperation in space research in areas such as remote sensing, data reception from the Indian satellite ResourceSAT-2 and others that may come to be launched by India.
42. The Ministers welcomed the results of the Brazil-India Programme for Research in the Oceans, especially on topics such as observation of oceans and coastal areas, and welcomed the decision of the two countries to continue the collaboration on polar research within the IBSA Forum.
43. Still under the IBSA Forum, both sides marked the progress made in Scientific and Technological Cooperation in the topics of Health (HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis), Biotechnology, Traditional Knowledge Systems, Alternative and Renewable Energy and Information & Communication Technology.
44. Both Ministers urged scientists, researchers and students from both countries to consider taking profit of the opportunities, such as the ones mentioned above, to promote the scientific development of Brazil and India in an innovative approach of South-South cooperation.
45. Both sides expressed satisfaction with the development of the bilateral cooperation in defence. They recalled the importance of the Defence Cooperation Agreement, signed in 2003 and in force since 2006, to boost the bilateral partnership in this area. They agreed, moreover, to take the necessary steps to expand and intensify cooperation initiatives in defence, in particular through the exchange of military personnel, the conduction of joint exercises and the interchange of information on research and development of defence products.
46. They welcomed the results of the Third Meeting of the Brazil - India Joint Defence Committee, held in New Delhi on May 21, 2013. They reiterated the important role of the Committee in maintaining direct and frequent contact between both countries' armed forces, as well as in the monitoring of ongoing cooperation projects and identification of new initiatives.
47. Both sides expressed satisfaction with the significant results of bilateral cooperation in research and development of aircrafts. They welcomed the success of the integration of the Indian early warning mission systems, such as radars developed by the "Centre for Airborne Systems" of the Defence Research & Development Organization, in the Brazilian aircrafts EMB 145 AEW & C (Aerial Early Warning & Control), developed by Embraer. They expressed, in this sense, their desire to further expand cooperation in this area.
48. The Indian side welcomed the invitation extended by the Defence Minister of Brazil to his Indian counterpart and expected that the visit could be organized in the near future at mutually convenient time through the diplomatic channel. They shared the view that the visit of the Minister of Defence of India would contribute to the enhancement of the dialogue in this field.
49. Both Ministers welcomed the participation of an Indian delegation at the latest edition of the "International Exhibition for Public and Corporate Security - LAAD Security" and the Indian willingness to participate in the next edition of the event, in April 2014, also in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil welcomed the invitation by India to participate at the "Fourth India Aviation" event, which will take place in March 2014 in Hyderabad. The Indian side also encouraged the Brazilian side to field their delegations to DEFEXPO and AEROINDIA as well.
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
50. Brazil and India stressed their full commitment with environmental and sustainable development matters. India congratulated Brazil on hosting the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012, which was attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as the head of the Indian Delegation. India welcomed the outcome of the Conference as reflected in the document “The Future we Want”, adopted by consensus, which expressed the international community commitment to promote an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for the present and future generations. Brazil acknowledged the constructive role of India in the negotiations, which led to a successful conclusion of the meeting. The Ministers renewed the willingness of Brazil and India to engage and cooperate in the development of the future Sustainable Development Goals.
51. Both sides highlighted the importance of the discussions on biodiversity at multilateral fora and agreed to continue their dialogue and cooperation on this topic, including through the coordination of positions at the Convention on Biological Diversity. Brazil congratulated India for the hosting and the outcomes of the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-11) and the 6th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
52. Both sides welcomed the results of the 16th BASIC Ministerial Meeting that took place in Foz do Iguaçu in September 2013. The Brazilian side expressed its gratitude for the contribution of the Secretary for Environment and Forests of India, to the successful outcome of the BASIC Meeting. They reaffirmed the important role of BASIC, since its establishment in 2007, in building understanding on the climate change regime and the definition of a fair and effective world response to global warming, as well as its contribution to international financial, technological and technical management of actions on mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.
53. The Ministers noted the interest in concluding negotiations on a Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation in the near future.
54. The Ministers took note of the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding on Technical Cooperation during President Dilma Rousseff’s State Visit to India in March 2012. They also noted that the creation of the Development Partnership Administration, an agency linked to the Ministry of External Affairs of India, will enhance the opportunities for a broader dialogue and more intense collaboration between Brazil and India in issues related to technical cooperation.
55. The Brazilian side welcomed the participation of Brazilian nationals in cooperation activities organized by India. Recalling the excellent results of the Indian participation in different activities organized by Brazil in areas such as agriculture, sports and social development policies, among others, the Brazilian side reiterated its willingness to receive more Indian participants in its technical cooperation programmes.
56. The Brazilian side appreciated the Indian sponsorship of the training courses for more than 25 Brazilian officials to study in India in more than 20 different streams in last five years under its ITEC programme. These courses included areas such as diplomacy, renewable energy and energy efficiency, public administration, computer sciences, English proficiency, auditing etc.
SOCIAL AND HEALTH ISSUES
57. The Ministers stressed that economic growth with social inclusion is a common objective of Brazil's and India's societies. The Indian side expressed its gratitude, particularly for the contribution of the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger to the elaboration of its own anti-poverty programmes. The Brazilian side commended the Indian Government for the recent initiatives in this area, such as the National Food Security Bill, and proposed to continue exchanging experiences on the implementation of each other's programmes.
58. Brazil and India expressed their satisfaction with the results of the Third Global Conference on Child Labour that took place in Brasilia in October 2013, which has contributed to the efforts of achieving the goal of complete eradication of the worst forms of Child Labour by 2016.
59. The two sides underlined the interest in expanding dialogue on health issues, including by exploring possibilities of cooperation in areas such as laboratory quality control, organization of productive chains and medical research. The Brazilian Ministry of Health expressed specific interest in starting discussions with a view to exporting vaccines to India.
60. The Indian side requested the Brazilian side to look afresh into the proposed draft Memorandum of Understanding between India and Brazil on Cooperation in Traditional System of Medicine. This is especially relevant as there is considerable interest found among Brazilian people in Indian Traditional Medicine such as Ayurveda.
61. Both sides welcomed the expanding cooperation between the drugs regulatory authorities of the two countries, ANVISA on part of Brazil and CDSCO from India. This would be further strengthened by signing the proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions during the forthcoming Meeting of the Trade Monitoring Mechanism meeting in Brasilia in November 2013.
62. Brazil and India have exchanged experiences and views on issues related to intellectual property and public health. The Parties highlighted the importance of this debate for both countries and agreed to establish a bilateral dialogue on intellectual property with a view to exchanging experiences and facilitating coordination on multilateral debates related to IP. Both sides agreed that bilateral talks on this subject could take place in the framework of the Trade Monitoring Mechanism
63. Noting the close interdependence between peace, security and sustainable development, as reflected in the UN Charter, both Ministers called upon the international community to duly take into account the crucial role of food security and poverty eradication, essential components of sustainable development, in strategies for the promotion of sustainable peace and security.
64. Both Ministers expressed their satisfaction with the visit to Brazil, in April 2013, of the Indian delegation from the Ministry for Women and Child Development of India as part of the implementation of the Statement of Intent to Promote Gender Issues and the Protection of Women's and Children Rights, signed in New Delhi in March 2012, during the State Visit of President Dilma Rousseff to India.
65. Both sides stressed the importance of education as a means to promote social and economic development and expressed their mutual interest in strengthening academic mobility between both countries.
66. Both Ministers expressed satisfaction over the creation of a Brazilian lectureship at Jawaharlal Nehru University, which will be initiated in the second semester of 2014. The lectureship is part of the efforts undertaken by Brazil to promote the Portuguese language as well as Brazilian culture and literature in India. The Indian side welcomed this timely initiative as it would contribute to increasing mutual knowledge between the respective societies.
67. Brazilian side appreciated the successful completion of two editions, first in Political Science and second in Defence Economics, of the short term chair of Indian Council of Cultural Relations established at FGV in Rio de Janeiro since 2012. The Indian side informed the Brazilian side that the process is underway to ensure the third edition to start on schedule in March 2014. The Indian side welcomed the establishment of the Centre for Indian Studies at the State University of Rio de Janeiro and offered to develop an active cooperation programme with the Centre in coming months.
68. It was stated that some Brazilian students willing to apply to Indian universities have been facing difficulties regarding the recognition, in India, of basic education certificates. The Brazilian side requested the competent authorities of India, including the Association of Indian Universities - (AIU), to establish a dialogue channel to resolve the issue at the earliest opportunity.
69. The Ministers welcomed the commencement of the implementation with India of Science Without Borders Program. Both sides expect to increase the exchange of visiting professors and the mutual attraction of young talents in areas of their common interests.
70. Both sides recognized the potential for further cultural cooperation and agreed to intensify efforts to ensure the full implementation of the Cultural Exchange Program (2012-2014), as well as of the Agreement on Audiovisual Co-Production (2007). The Indian side requested the Brazilian side to indicate its focal point for the implementation of the bilateral Cultural Exchange Programme.
71. Both parties expressed their satisfaction with the successful implementation of the Residency Program in 2013, in whose framework two Brazilian painters worked for two months in New Delhi with a view to intensify the cultural dialogue and the interchange among Brazilian and Indian artists.
72. They also welcomed initiatives of cultural promotion that are being implemented in 2013 in the fields of national cuisine music, literature, visual arts and cinema, such as the organization of the Brazilian Cuisine Festival in New Delhi and Indian Food Festivals in Brasilia and Sao Paulo in 2013. The Brazilian side expressed its appreciation at the initiative of the Indian Embassy in Brasilia to celebrate `Hundred Years of Indian Cinema' in seven Brazilian cities, namely, Curitiba, Brasilia, Manaus, Goiania, Pirenopolis, Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo.
73. The two sides noted that the Indian Cultural Centre established in Sao Paulo in May 2011 has been contributing to deepen people to people links. The Centre has regular classes of classical Indian dances (Odissi, Bharat Natyam & Kathak), Yoga, Hindi and gastronomy. They commended the initiatives organized by the Centre, which is also being availed for celebration of Indian and Brazilian festivals, organization of lectures, shows, seminars, workshops, movie and documentary screenings on diverse subjects like tourism, anthropology, religion, culture, art, history and has hosted more than 250 events and participated in dozens of events organized by other institutions. Under ICCR Scholarship Scheme and Ayush Scholarship Scheme, during 2012-13, three Brazilian Nationals have gone to India to study Indian literature, Odissi and Yoga.
74. Brazilian side reiterated its commitment to establish a Brazilian Cultural Centre in India soon.
75. Both sides agreed to encourage and facilitate the visit of tourists between both countries and demonstrated interest in exploring the possibility of joint investments in the hotel sector and in touristic infrastructure.
76. The two Ministers expressed their satisfaction with the growing tourism flows between their countries. Noting, however, that these flows remain well below their vast potential, they reiterated the importance of deepening the cooperation in this area. Recent figures show that 20 thousand Indian nationals visited Brazil in 2012 and 17 thousand Brazilians visited Indian in that period.
77. The Ministers noted that the bilateral Agreement on Air Services, signed in 2011, provides the legal framework to the establishment of direct flights between Brazil and India. In this regard, they took note of the plans announced by Air India to inaugurate in 2014 the first air route between India and Latin America, connecting Mumbai to Panama City, and encouraged the extension of such services also to South American cities.
78. The Brazilian representative reported that the Ministry of Tourism of Brazil, along with EMBRATUR, plans to strengthen the flux of tourism within the BRICS countries. In this regard, Brazil announced that special promotion activities for the Indian market are being developed and will be implemented in 2015.
79. Both parties agreed that the mega sporting events are opportunities for development and social inclusion, as well as allies in the fight against racial, ethnic and gender discrimination. They are instruments for the promotion of peace, international cooperation and rapprochement between partner countries, such as Brazil and India.
80. Both Ministers welcomed the conclusion of the negotiations to establish a consultation mechanism with a view to promoting coordination on consular and migratory issues. Such a mechanism will offer a forum for discussing each other's policies pertaining to consular matters, diaspora protection and migration, as well as address issues related to visas and work permits. In view of the importance and urgency of the issues to be dealt with by the mechanism, both Ministers agreed to hold its first meeting early in 2014, in New Delhi.
81. The Indian side commended the efforts of the Brazilian Government related to the issuing of Business visas, as discussed during the 5th Joint Commission Meeting in 2011. The Brazilian side underlined that, since the adoption of Normative Resolution 100/2013 of the Brazilian National Council for Immigration, in 9 May 2013, more than 50% of the requests for visas presented at the Embassy of Brazil in New Delhi have been submitted to simplified visa issuance procedures. Both sides agreed to monitor the new initiative and address the problems to enhance flow of people between the two countries which is bound to increase substantially as the partnership grows in all fields in the near future.
82. The Brazilian side informed the Indian side on the discussions that are taking place in Brazil in order to reform the immigration law through a Bill of Law to be introduced shortly in Congress that will have much more flexible and open mechanisms to deal with immigration issues and especially with visas for qualified workers and their families.
COOPERATION IN LEGAL ISSUES
83. The delegations of Brazil and India held a technical meeting to advance negotiations on the Agreements on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil Matters. The Ministers reiterated their interest in concluding negotiations on those agreements as soon as possible. They welcomed the Brazilian proposal to host a negotiating meeting in Brazil, or alternatively, by video conference.
84. Both sides welcomed the conclusion of their internal procedures and the entry into force of the Bilateral Extradition Agreement soon.
REGIONAL AND MULTILATERAL ISSUES
85. Both sides exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues. The Minister of External Relations of Brazil briefed the Indian side on the developments in Latin America and the Caribbean while the External Affairs Minister of India briefed the Brazilian side on the developments in South Asia.
86. The two Ministers expressed deep concern about the ongoing violence and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Syria. They called upon all parties to commit immediately to a complete cease-fire, to halt violence and to end all violations of human rights and humanitarian law. The Ministers reiterated that there is no military solution to the conflict and that it is time for diplomacy.
87. The Ministers expressed satisfaction with recent important developments that bring renewed hope for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict. They welcomed the framework agreement for the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons reached by Russia and the United States. They further welcomed the news of the adoption by the UN Security Council of the resolution that requires the elimination of all chemical weapons on Syrian territory and endorses a peace process led by the Syrians.
88. They stressed that the elimination of chemical weapons and the political process aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict should be pursued in parallel. They also reiterated their support for the convening of an international conference on the Syrian situation as early as possible. They stressed that only an inclusive political process, led by the Syrians, as recommended in the Action Group on Syria Communiqué issued in 2012 could lead to peace, to the effective protection of civilians and to the realization of the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian society for freedom and prosperity. They expressed their full support to the efforts of the UN-Arab League Representative Lakhdar Brahimi in helping finding a political solution to the crisis.
89. The two Ministers welcomed the announcement of the resumption of negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis as an encouraging development. They reaffirmed that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a prerequisite for building a sustainable and lasting peace in the Middle East region. In recalling the primary responsibility of the UNSC in maintaining international peace and security, they noted the importance that the Quartet reports regularly to the Council about its efforts, which should contribute to concrete progress.
90. The Ministers expressed their concern about the reported practices of unauthorized interception of communications and data from citizens, businesses and members of governments, compromising national sovereignty and individual rights. They reiterated that it is important to contribute to and participate in a peaceful, secure, and open cyberspace and emphasized that security in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) through universally accepted norms, standards and practices is of paramount importance.
91. The Indian side expressed its gratitude for the warm and friendly hospitality received during their period of stay in Brazil.
92. Both sides agreed to hold the Seventh Meeting of the Brazil-India Joint Commission in 2014 in India, on a date to be mutually agreed through diplomatic channels.
Signed on 15 October 2013, in Brasilia, in English and Portuguese.