Cabinet approves maritime agreement with Denmark

The Union Cabinet has approved a preliminary agreement on maritime issues between India and Denmark that will be formally signed during the upcoming visit of the WIP from Denmark to India in January 2019

January 10, 2019

This deal comes amid growing ties between the nations that has led to a 14 per cent jump in bilateral trade

Ports across India handle 90 per cent by volume and 70 per cent by value of India’s external trade

India is aiming to raise the overall port capacity to over 3.5 billion metric tonnes per annum by 2025

Apart from 12 major ports, India has 200 notified minor ports and plans are afoot to build six new ports

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on January 10 approved a preliminary agreement on maritime issues between India and Denmark. The deal is proposed to be signed during the upcoming visit of the WIP from Denmark to India in January, 2019. This comes amid growing ties between the nations that has led to a 14 per cent jump in bilateral trade to US$1.4 billion. Meanwhile, investment flow from Denmark has been reported at over US$525 million since 2000, in sectors such as port and shipping, renewable energy, electronics, food processing, chemicals and engineering.

The agreement will involve cooperation in the following:

  • Cross-border cooperation and investments in maritime sectors of India and Denmark
  • Exchange of expertise, information and data to improve capabilities in marine shipping
  • Cooperation in maritime technology and shipbuilding, as well as training and education
  • Granting the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) the status of Recognized Organization (RO)
  • R&D for sustained cooperation in the field of merchant shipping and maritime transport

Denmark is one of the important trading partners with India. In 2017, the Embassy of India organized a business seminar in Aarhus to promote the ‘’Make in India’’ among Danish companies. Besides, critical existing bilateral treaties between India and Denmark include agreement related to integrated fisheries, biotechnology, new and renewable energy and labour mobility. Ports across India handle 90 per cent by volume and 70 per cent by value of India’s external trade. Government of India has launched the US$125 billion Sagarmala initiative to build infrastructure to best utilise India’s marine potential.

India’s nine major ports reported a year-on-year operational growth of 4.8 per cent over April-November 2018, together handling 461.2 million tonnes of cargo. Additionally, the Ministry of Shipping, along with several State Governments are aiming to raise India’s overall port capacity to 3,500 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to cater to the projected traffic of 2,500 mtpa by 2025.

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