India and Thailand will collaborate in whether forecasting and Tsunami Warning System.This was discussed between Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Planning and the Mr. Suraswadi Plodprasop, Minister for Science and Technology, Thailand in a meeting at Tokyo today. Both the Ministers are attending the 8th Annual Meeting of STS Forum on “Science & Technology for the future of Humankind”. The Science and Technology Minister of Thailand expressed a keen desire to collaborate with India in the field of oceanography and earth science in general. He expressed deep appreciation for India’s scientific and technological whether forecasting capabilities and wanted a regional scientific and technological collaboration in the field of whether forecasting and the tsunami warning systems. Dr. Kumar invited the Thai minister to see the functioning of INCOIS in Hyderabad and for further consultation with the Earth scientists in India.
Dr. Kumar and the Science and Technology Minister of Thailand further discussed ways and means to work closely for security and stability in South East Asia. Both the ministers expressed the hope for improving road connectivity between India, Thailand and other adjoining countries to promote greater economic integration between countries of South East Asia and increased people to people contact. Dr Kumar informed the Thai minister of historic links between India and Thailand and offered to pursue all initiatives that would enhance the traditional friendly ties between the two countries.
Dr Ashwani Kumar also met Dr. Mauro Dell’ Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education and Research, Switzerland. The Swiss Minister expressed deep appreciation for the strides taken by India in the field of futuristic science and technology. He expressed a keen desire to further deepen the Science and Technology cooperation between India and Switzerland particularly in the area of chemistry, bio-technology and life sciences. Dr. Kumar invited the minister to visit India and to identify key areas of Indo-Swiss scientific and technological collaboration.