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To Boost Cooperation India-Korea Sign 7 Agreements; Bilateral Ties Raised to 'Strategic Partnership'
May 19, 2015

India and South Korea inked seven agreements, including on avoidance of double taxation and formalising consultations between National Security Councils of the two nations, to boost bilateral ties. The agreements were signed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul.

1. The India-South Korea Double Taxation Avoidance Convention signed in 1985 has been revised with a view to avoiding the burden of double taxation on taxpayers in the two countries.

2. Agreement for cooperation in audio-visual co-production. The agreement in this regard is being signed under the provisions of India-South Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and would enable co-production of films, animation and broadcasting programmes. The pact would enable opportunities for collaboration between Indian and Korean film industries, and facilitate collaboration and exchange.

3. Agreement for cooperation between the National Security Council Secretariat of India and the Office of National Security of South Korea. This would formalise consultations between National Security Councils of the two countries in a number of areas.

4. Agreement  between the Indian Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of South Korea on cooperation in the field of electric power development and new energy industries. The agreement envisages cooperation in areas such as renewable energy, smart grids and power information and technology, transmission and distribution of electric power, energy efficiency and storage system.

5. Agreement to strengthen and encourage cooperation on youth matters through participation in events and activities through exchanges, international conferences, seminars, youth camps, festivals etc.

6. Agreement for Framework of Cooperation (FOC) in the Field of Road Transport and Highways. This envisages cooperation in areas including road policies, design and construction, road operation, road management and safety, intelligent transport systems and electronic toll collection systems.

7. Agreement on cooperation between the two countries in the fields of maritime transport and logistics including through sharing of technologies, information and experiences, the training of seafarers, exchange of experts and port operations etc was also signed.

Strategic Partnership: India and South Korea also agreed to upgrade ties to special strategic partnership. This relationship was started with a strong economic emphasis and it has now become strategic in content. 

  • The decision to upgrade bilateral ties reflect how seriously both countries take the new framework of relationship.

  • South Korea is the second country with which India will have a diplomatic and security dialogue in 2+2 format. Japan is the other country with which India holds such a dialogue.

  • India and South Korea also agreed to expand cooperation between armed forces.

♦ 10 Billion Dollar for Smart Cities: South Korea offered to provide $10 billion for mutual cooperation in infrastructure projects in India, including Smart Cities, Railways, Power Generation and Transmission.


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