India and Brazil signed a Framework Agreement today (January 25, 2004) at New
Delhi for cooperation in the field of outer space. The agreement was signed by
Mr Yashwant Sinha, Minister of External Affairs, on behalf of Government of
India and Mr Celso Amorim, Minister of External Relations, on behalf of
Government of Brazil in the presence of Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister
of India and Mr Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil.
Besides the Framework Agreement, an agreement on the programme of cooperation
between the two space agencies was also signed. This agreement, signed by Mr G
Madhavan Nair, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Mr Luiz
Bevilacqua, President, Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), envisages Joint research
in space and atmospheric sciences, exchange of proposals for remote sensing
applications, launch of a Brazilian micro-satellite for atmospheric studies by
India and setting up of a ground station in Brazil for receiving remote sensing
data from ISRO's remote sensing satellite, RESOURCESAT-1.
It may be recalled that ISRO and AEB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
in March 2002 to provide an umbrella for cooperation between the two countries
in the area of space. Several discussions have been held for identifying areas
of mutual interest. The Framework Agreement signed today is expected to
strengthen the ties already established under the MOU and demonstrate the
support of both governments.