India and South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for promoting bilateral cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies, “The MoU will help to establish inter-institutional cooperation and relations between the two parties in order to promote cooperation in the field of ICT,” an official release said here.
The Cabinet has been apprised of the MoU that was signed on July 8, 2016, the release added. The agreement will also result in “active cooperation and exchanges between the private entities, capacity building institutions, governments and other public organisations of the two countries in the field of ICT”, it further added.
The bilateral relations between the Republic of India and the Republic of South Africa have grown strong since the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1994. Both countries have since developed close strategic, cultural and economic ties. Both are former British colonies and full member states of the Commonwealth of Nations as Commonwealth republics.
India and South Africa also share an extensive energy partnership. In 2010, India imported 1.4 million tonnes of South African coal in February, making it the largest purchaser of coal from the country. Ties with further solidified with South Africa’s 2011 acceptance into the BRICS group.