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India, Brazil ink four MoUs

ANI  |  Salcete (Goa) [India] 

and on Monday signed four Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) during a bilateral meeting held in Goa's Salcete city.

The four MoUs that have been signed are on genetic resources, agriculture, animal husbandry, natural resources and fisheries, on pharmaceutical products regulation, on cattle genomics and assisted reproductive technologies, and on investment cooperation and facilitation treaty.

Prime Minister Modi and Brazilian President Michel Temer witnessed the signing of the MoUs.

and share a very close and multifaceted relationship at bilateral as well as multilateral fora such as IBSA, BRICS, BASIC, G-20, G-4 or the larger multilateral arena such as the UN, WTO, UNESCO, WIPO, etc.

Bilateral relations between and have acquired the dimension of a strategic partnership in the last decade.

is one of the most important trading partners of in the entire LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region. India-bilateral trade has increased substantially in the last two decades. However, the global drop in commodity prices and the economic recession in in 2015 affected Brazil's overall trade. Evidently, some negative impact was felt in the India- bilateral trade as well.

Indian exports to stood at USD 4.29 billion in 2015 as compared to USD 6.63 billion in 2014 and USD 6.36 billion in 2013.

Indian imports from stood at USD 3.62 billion compared to USD 4.789 billion in 2014 and USD 3.13 billion in 2013. Thus the overall bilateral trade was at USD 7.9 billion, decreasing 30.7 percent from USD 11.424 billion in 2014.

About 39 percent of Indian exports were value added petroleum products such as diesel. The other prominent export items from were organic chemicals and pharmaceutical products valued at USD 730 Million. Boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances were other major items in India's export basket. The other important export items included textile products (cotton, apparels, accessories etc.) which amounted to USD 150 million.

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First Published: Mon, October 17 2016. 14:48 IST