[17th January, 2012]
Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on Cooperation in the Field of Agriculture
The Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka hereinafter referred to as the “Parties”.
Desirous to develop further the existing friendly relations between the two countries through the development of cooperation in the fields of agricultural science and technology;
Recognizing the importance of strengthening of agricultural sectors;
Have reached the following understanding:
The Parties shall promote development of cooperation in the fields of agricultural science and technology, agricultural production and agro-processing between the two countries through joint activities, programmes, exchange of scientific materials, information and personnel.
The joint activities will be determined by the Parties and implemented through mutually agreed procedures. Such joint activities will be in the areas of agricultural crops, agricultural extension horticulture, agricultural machinery, post harvest technology, plant quarantine measures, credit and cooperation and any other field as mutually agreed by the Parties.
Cooperation will also be effected through collaboration in control and containment of livestock diseases, exchange of experts, materials and information, exchange of trainees and scientists on study visits/training programmes, facilitation of relevant conferences and workshops and any other means as may be mutually agreed upon.
The Parties shall promote cooperation within the framework of the joint activities mentioned in Article-II through biennial Work Plans to be drawn up by mutual agreement.
A Joint Working Group shall be formed comprising of equal number of members from each of the Parties, which will monitor the activities carried out in fulfillment of this Memorandum of Understanding. The Working Group shall hold its meeting alternately in India and in Sri Lanka once in every two years.
The sending party shall bear the cost of international air travel and the receiving party shall provide local hospitality for such persons deputed under the Work Plan pursuant to this Memorandum. Activities pursuant to this Memorandum are subject to the availability of the resources and subject to the laws and regulations of the Parties.
This Memorandum shall, in no way, affect the commitments of the existing bilateral Agreements between the two countries.
The detailed matters concerning the implementation of this Memorandum shall be agreed upon through consultations between the Parties.
Any dispute arising out of the interpretation and implementation of this Memorandum of Understanding shall be settled amicably by way of consultation or negotiation through diplomatic channels between the Parties.
Any result of activities which are performed under this Memorandum of Understanding shall be subject to the laws and regulations concerning the protection of intellectual property rights in the respective territories of the Parties.
Any addition or amendment to this Memorandum shall be carried out by mutual consent of the Parties.
This Memorandum shall enter into force on the day of signing and shall remain valid for a period of 5 (five) years and shall automatically be renewed for a subsequent period of 5 (five) years unless either Party notifies the other in writing six months before the expiration of the validity period, of its intention to terminate it. The expiry or termination of this Memorandum shall not prejudice the completion of projects already in progress.
Done at Colombo on this 17 day of January 2012 in two originals each in Hindi, Sinhala and English languages, all the texts being equally authentic. In case of any divergence of interpretation, the English text shall prevail.
|FOR THF GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA
|FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA