GS Paper I- History and Geography of the World and Society.

7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable Held In Bangkok.

Background-

  • The 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7) took place in Bangkok, Thailand from 1-3 November 2017.
  • The Government of Thailand hosted this prestigious biennial event, which is a key feature of the global energy dialogue promoted under the neutral banner of the International Energy Forum.
  • The Ministerial was co-hosted by the United Arab Emirates and was attended by Ministers, Vice Ministers, heads of International Organisations, and Thought Leaders of the industry.

 

Highlights Of The Development–

  • In previous AMER events, IEF Ministers have recognised their interdependence and placed an emphasis on the need for trust and dialogue in building and sustaining partnerships.
  • AMER6 was convened between the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda (UNSDA) 2030 and the Paris Agreement in 2015 to discuss Asian energy market dynamics.
  • This culminated in the endorsement of a proposal by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to establish an Asian Energy Efficiency Knowledge Sharing Framework under the IEF that has since been adopted by the 2nd G20 Energy Ministers Meeting (Beijing, June 2016) and the IEF15 Ministerial (Algiers, September 2016).
  • AMER7 built upon these outcomes to strengthen established partnerships and forge new bonds accordingly. This event ultimately underpins the development of the increasingly complex and dynamic relationships between energy producers and consumers in Asia and beyond.

Sources- INTERNATIONAL ENERGY FORUM.

GS Paper II- Governance, International Relations.

Assam Signs MoUs With Singapore For Skilling State’s Youth.

Background

  • Assam government signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) and Terms of Reference (ToR) with Singapore for skilling youth of the state on 1st November, 2017.
  • The MoU and ToR for North East Skills Centre (NESC) was signed between Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department, of Assam government and ITE Education Service, Singapore in the presence of Foreign Affairs Minister of Singapore Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
  • An MoU for Guwahati City Greening was inked between the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority and Singapore Corporation Enterprise.

 

Highlights Of The Development-

  • The Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister termed the occasion as the beginning of a lasting friendship which would be beneficial for both Assam and Singapore.
  • Taking part in the signing ceremony of MoUs and ToR, Sonowal expressed the hope that the signing of MoUs between Governments of Assam and Singapore would open new vistas for the youth and requested the Singapore Government to join hands for more such collaborations in future.
  • Sonowal said Assam Government aims to create a workforce empowered with upgraded skills, knowledge and internationally recognised qualifications to gain access to employment and ensure India’s competitiveness in the dynamic global market with support from Singapore Government.
  • Informing that the state government will provide skill development training to 78,500 poor rural youths during 2016-19 under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDUJKY), Sonowal expressed the view that the partnership with Singapore would greatly boost the initiative.
  • The NESC will train up to a total of 400 students each year who would contribute towards generating a skilled human resource pool, the chief minister added.
  • Sonowal further stated the state government has initiated an innovative project for beautification of Guwahati city and improvement of quality of life of its inhabitants through a Project called ‘Guwahati Open Space and Park Integrator (GOPI) Network’.
  • Highlighting the immense natural resources of the state and its tourism potential, Sonowal sought Singapore government’s cooperation for showcasing it to global audience.

Sources- The Hindu Business Line.

 

GS Paper III- Economic Development.

Haryana Govt Signs Rs 20,000 Cr Worth MoU For Logistics Parks.

Background

  • The Haryana government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Verbind, an integrated trade facilitation services organisation, on 2nd November, 2017, to set up a logistics and trading hub in the state that would attract investment to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore.
  • The hub will be spread over an area of 600 acres near Gurugram, and the public-private project is expected to generate employment for six lakh people.

 

Highlights Of The Development-

  • Under the MoU, the government will facilitate Verbind’s efforts to obtain necessary permissions, registrations, approvals and clearances with reference to the projects from relevant departments, in line with existing rules, policies and regulations, the release said.
  • The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) will be the nodal agency for the project.
  • Haryana is ranked first among north Indian states in the ease of doing business index of the government, and sixth in the country.
  • Haryana Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Sudhir Rajpal, at the CII Invest North 2017 event said that Investor-friendly policies, a young population, skilled manpower, highest per capita income and a huge urban market are the key factors driving the state’s growth.

Sources- Business-Standard.