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December 2011


‘IBSA to address deficit in global governance’

Speaking at the 5th IBSA Summit held in Pretoria from October 17-19, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh lauded the coordination between India, Brazil and South Africa in addressing the deficit in global governance. He also said that the United Nations Security Council must be enlarged in order to reflect present day reality and to make it representative and effective in responding to global challenges.

Text of the Prime Minister’s speech: “At the outset I would like to express my profound gratitude to President Jacob Zuma, the government and the people of South Africa for making excellent arrangements for the 5th IBSA Summit.

I would also like to thank and convey my appreciation to our ministers, officials, focal points and others who have painstakingly worked to ensure the success of our meeting. I would also like to welcome President Dilma Rousseff to her first IBSA Summit. I am sure that we will benefit from her vision and leadership in the strengthening and consolidation of the IBSA Dialogue Forum.

Our grouping derives its strength and global influence from the fact that it consists of three major developing democracies located in three continents. We share the principles of pluralism, democracy, tolerance and multiculturalism. We have similar views on many global issues such as the primacy of the development agenda, a just and equitable international order, a multipolar world, a rule-based international trading system, climate change and reform of the United Nations.

Our cooperation is underpinned by three pillars — political consultation and coordination; multi-sectoral trilateral cooperation; and execution of development projects in third countries through the IBSA Trust Fund. The IBSA framework is unique because it goes beyond just government to-government interaction. It touches the lives of our people by facilitating dialogue among civil society and other important sections of society.

The IBSA Forum has also helped us in strengthening our own bilateral relations with each other. Through its 16 Working Groups and six people-topeople fora, IBSA has brought together our officials, technical experts, business representatives, intellectuals and academicians. Despite the geographic distance between us, our cooperation has grown in all areas. Yet there is a lot more that IBSA can do to bring tangible benefits to our peoples.

The year 2011 has special salience on account of the fact that we are all members of the United Nations Security Council. We have demonstrated our cohesion and coordination on various issues under discussion in the United Nations, particularly in the context of developments in West Asia and North Africa. The visit of an IBSA delegation to Damascus in August this year and their interaction with the Syrian leadership demonstrated the political role which IBSA can usefully play. We should build upon this experience.

The year 2011 has special salience on account of the fact that we are all members of the United Nations Security Council. We have demonstrated our cohesion and coordination on various issues under discussion in the United Nations, particularly in the context of developments in West Asia and North Africa. The visit of an IBSA delegation to Damascus in August this year and their interaction with the Syrian leadership demonstrated the political role which IBSA can usefully play. We should build upon this experience.

 

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India, UK to work on urban development

India and the United Kingdom will work towards signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will enhance cooperation and deepen engagement between the two countries in the areas of capacity building, land economics, heritage management, sustainable master planning, transport planning, among others.

ndia and the United Kingdom will work towards signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will enhance cooperation and deepen engagement between the two countries in the areas of capacity building, land economics, heritage management, sustainable master planning, transport planning, among others.

The Minister of Urban Development, Kamal Nath said that the challenges of urbanisation in India were huge, both in significance and scale and the Government of India was keen on bridging the urban infrastructure deficit in the country by benefiting from the wealth of experience of the U.K. Government in the urban sector.

The Urban Development Minister also participated in a meeting of the UK-India Urban Infrastructure Group organised by the U.K. Business Council and U.K. Trade & Investment. During the meeting, the UK-India Urban Infrastructure Group proposed an urban regeneration scoping study for the city of Kolkata in the state of West Bengal.

The Urban Development Minister also participated in a meeting of the UK-India Urban Infrastructure Group organised by the U.K. Business Council and U.K. Trade & Investment. During the meeting, the UK-India Urban Infrastructure Group proposed an urban regeneration scoping study for the city of Kolkata in the state of West Bengal.

This could be demonstrated by adopting a satellite town. The meeting was attended by several leading U.K. companies. Kamal Nath addressed the UK India Business Forum organised on October 14 in London by the UKIBC, UK Trade & Investment and Indian Chamber of Commerce.

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