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India, US Renew Global Development Partnership Deal For 5 Years

The MEA said the second amendment expands the scope of capacity building activities undertaken jointly by India and the US and also provides for a consultative mechanism for biannual monitoring and review of activities undertaken under the SGP.

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India and the US on Friday renewed for another five years a global development partnership agreement that provides for jointly offering assistance to their partner countries in areas of connectivity, trade and investments, healthcare and agriculture. Both sides signed the second amendment to the Statement of Guiding Principles (SGP) on Triangular Cooperation for Global Development, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

The SGP agreement was signed in November 2014 and the fresh amendment extended the pact's validity up to 2026. "Under the agreement, India and US will continue to offer capacity building assistance to partner countries in multiple sectors, focusing primarily on agriculture, regional connectivity, trade and investments, nutrition, health, clean and renewable energy, women empowerment, disaster preparedness, water, sanitation, education and institution building," the MEA said.

The US embassy said the SGP between the US and India leverages the combined capacities of the two sides to address global development challenges facing countries in the wider region and the world, particularly in Asia and Africa. "The US-India partnership is a significant contributor to regional and global stability and prosperity. Today the two countries reiterated their commitment, signing a five-year extension to the Statement of Guiding Principles on Triangular Cooperation for Global Development (SGP)," it said in a release.

Atul Keshap, the Charge d'Affaires of the in India, described renewal of the agreement as a signal by the two sides to their joint commitment to global prosperity. "As a signal of our joint commitment to global prosperity, today, the United States and India renewed our global development partnership agreement, affirming our goals to meet the development aspirations of partner countries, particularly in Asia and Africa. #USIndiaDosti," he tweeted. 

The MEA said the second amendment expands the scope of capacity building activities undertaken jointly by India and the US and also provides for a consultative mechanism for biannual monitoring and review of activities undertaken under the SGP. "The agreement helps fulfil the joint commitment of both nations to work together and leverage their combined capacities to provide demand-driven development partnership," the MEA said in a statement.

"This triangular cooperation with the US will complement India's other ongoing and future development partnerships, capacity building and technical assistance with countries globally," it said. The signing of the agreement came two days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited India during which both sides agreed to further expand cooperation in several areas.

The amendment was signed by Abhilasha Joshi, Joint Secretary, Development Partnership Administration-II division in the MEA, and Karen Klimowsky, Acting Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in India. 

(PTI)