India, France agree on roadmap for blue economy, ocean governance
India and France have agreed on a Roadmap on Blue Economy and Ocean Governance to contribute to scientific knowledge and ocean conservation and ensure that the ocean remains a global common, based on the rule of law.
This agreement came during the External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar's three-day visit to France. The scope of the roadmap will encompass maritime trade, the naval industry, fisheries, marine technology and scientific research, integrated coastal management, marine eco-tourism, inland waterways, and cooperation between competent administrations on civil maritime issues.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that both nations plan to organise an annual bilateral dialogue on the blue economy and ocean governance to exchange their priorities, share their best practices and support ongoing and future cooperation.
"India and France intend to make the blue economy a driver of the progress of their respective societies while respecting the environment and coastal and marine biodiversity," the MEA said in a joint document.
India and France underscored that fisheries are a vital economic sector and play a decisive role in food security and livelihood security, particularly for coastal populations.
They also highlighted that demographic, economic and societal factors have led to an increased global demand for marine products and growing stress on global fish stocks.
Earlier, Jaishankar held wide-ranging and productive talks in Paris with France Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and both sides discussed cooperation, the Ukraine situation and Indo-Pacific.