New Delhi, Dec 2: India and Sweden held a high-level policy dialogue on Monday and discussed innovation in areas such as digital health, future mobility and circular economy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf, who is on a five-day visit to India with Queen Silvia, chaired the dialogue at Hyderabad House.Swedish Minister of Business, Industry and Innovation, Irahim Baylan and the Principal advisor to the Government of India, Prof K. VijayRaghavan co-chaired the dialogue.
The leaders emphasised the role of collaborative tech-innovation leadership of the two countries in meeting the challenges of the future.
"We had extensive discussions on boosting cooperation between India and Sweden. Closer economic and cultural ties between our nations will greatly benefit our citizens," Modi said in a tweet and called the India-Sweden friendship with closer cooperation in innovation and technology as "invigorating."
Separately, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar had wide-ranging conversation with Foreign Affairs Minister of Sweden, Ms. Ann Linde.
Both discussed expanding bilateral cooperation in environment, manufacturing, health and Smart Cities.
Jaishankar urged greater mobility of Indian talent.
The two ministers agreed on a new consultation mechanism and cooperate closely in the UN.
Business and trade are another focus area of the visit. Some 50 Swedish companies – encompassing both large, well-established companies and start-ups – will take part, along with representatives of Swedish government agencies and universities, through the business delegation arranged by Business Sweden.
Top Swedish companies such as Ikea, Tetrapak and Ericsson are part of the Swedish business delegation.
Two-way trade between India and Sweden stood at $3.37 billion in 2018, according to official figures. (UNI)