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    International Cooperation

    About the Division

    IC Division serves as a focal point to facilitate communication and interaction between the Department of Fisheries/Ministry of Agriculture &Farmers Welfare and the international organisations as well as foreign countries, which paves the way for the Fisheries sectors in India to keep abreast of the latest technological developments/advancements taking place around the globe, particularly in the technologically advanced countries with the objective to take advantage of the know-how for increasing production and productivity in livestock sector.In the same way the Division works as a bridge between India and the technologically backward nations with the objective to share knowledge and extend technological assistance to them which enables establishing/strengthening friendly relations also.

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    i. Processing of cases/proposals for official foreign visits of dignitaries in the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare/officers in the Department of Fisheries (DoF) and its attached/subordinate offices connected with the DoF affairs.
    ii. Processing proposals for signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs)/Agreements with foreign countries/bodies on cooperation in the field of Fisheries. A list of the MoU/Agreements signed by DoF with foreign countries is given at Annexure I.
    iii. Organising meetings of foreign delegations with dignitaries in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare/Senior Officers in DoF.
    iv. Processing air-fare bills for payments in respect of visits abroad of dignitaries/officials.
    v. Payment of annual membership fee to International organisation such as World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), India Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), International Dairy Federation (IDF), Animal Production Health Commission for Asia (APHCA), Bay of Bengal Large Marine and Ecosystem (BoBLME).
    vi. Collection, consolidation and onward transmission of information for meetings held by other Departments like, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare with foreign delegations etc.
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    Director/Deputy Secretary (IC) ↓
    Under Secretary (IC) ↓
    Section Officer (IC) ↓
    Assistant Section Officers/Senior Secretarial Assistants
    International Cooperation Overview
    International Cooperation

    The mandate of International Cooperation Branch in the Department is to foster mutually beneficial partnerships with other countries of the world in multilateral as well as bilateral format.
    In the multilateral setting, Department of Fisheries is the Nodal department in Government of India for contact with Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Regional Fisheries Management Organisationsetc. In addition, the IC Branch also coordinates the department’s interaction with other bodies such as BOBP-IGO etc.

    The role of IC Branch in bilateral cooperation includes processing of proposals for signing of Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding(MoUs) as well as implementing them through signings of Protocols and Work Plans, organizing of Joint Working Group meetings, exchange of visits by scientists, officials and farmers, facilitating foreign deputations of Ministers & officials of D/Fisheries as well as meetings of visiting foreign dignitaries in India for furthering cooperation in the field of fisheries and Aquaculture. These activities are performed in coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs and other concerned Departments.

    List of MoUs signed by D/Fisheries

    List of MOUS signed by India only with Other Countries for Cooperation in the Field of Fisheries and Aquaculture (as on 16.06.2020)

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    Sl. No. Name of the country Year in which signed Copy of the MoU
    1. Norway 2nd March, 2010 Download
    2. Bangladesh 6thSeptember, 2011 Download
    3. Iceland 10thSeptember, 2019 Download
    4. Morocco 1stFebruary, 2014 Download
    5. Vietnam (DADF) 6th July 2007 Download
    6. Vietnam (NFDB) 15th September, 2014 Download


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    1. Sh. Sagar Mehra,Joint Secretary (IC) Room No. 228, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi Phone: 011-23388688 Fax: 23388688 Mob.: 9868937771 sagar[dot]mehra[at]nic[dot]in
    2. Director/Deputy Secretary (IC)(Vacant) --- --- ---
    3. Sh. D. R. Bharti,Under Secretary (IC) Room No. 417, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi Phone: 011-23382863 Mob.: 9818491699 usic-dadf[at]gov[dot]in
    4. Section Officer (IC)(Vacant) Room No. 587, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi Phone: 011-23380371 ---

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