NEW DELHI: On the sidelines of the 2nd India-Nordic Summit in Copenhagen on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had separate one-to-one talks with Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir of Iceland, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden, Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland and Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store of Norway.
In a one to one meeting with Prime Minister Marin and PM Modi, the two explored areas to cooperate in new and emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, quantum computing, future mobile technologies, clean technologies and smart grids.
PM Modi appealed to private corporations of Finland to form an alliance with Indian companies in the domains like telecom infrastructure and digital transformations.
PM Modi’s meeting with Iceland PM Jakobsdottir came at a time when both the countries are observing the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
PM Modi explored ways to boost economic cooperation, especially in the sectors of geothermal energy, Blue Economy, Arctic, renewable energy, fisheries, food processing, education including digital universities, and culture.
“Geothermal energy, in particular, is an area where Iceland has special expertise, and both sides stressed on collaborations between universities of both countries in this sector,” the Ministry of External Affairs stated.
Recalling their first meeting during the 1st India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm in April 2018, PM Modi commended PM Jakobsdottir’s personal efforts at promoting gender equality. PM Modi also briefed her on India’s advances in achieving gender equality.
The pair addressed a slew of regional and transnational issues and PM Modi apprised his Icelandic counterpart on expediting the India-EFTA trade negotiations.
In his meeting with Norwegian PM Jonas Gahr Store, PM Modi underscored how Norway’s skills and India’s scope provided natural complementarities and discussed a few identified areas of cooperation.
The pair expressed their interest in deepening engagement in plenty of domains including renewable energy, green hydrogen, solar and wind projects, green shipping, fisheries, water management, rainwater harvesting, space cooperation, long term Infrastructure investment, health and culture.
PM Modi also called on Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. In his meeting with PM Andersson, PM Modi explored the ways to further strengthen ties with Sweden in the areas like innovation, climate technology, climate action, green hydrogen, space, defence, civil aviation, arctic, polar research, sustainable mining and trade and economic ties.
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