MoU between India and France on Technical Cooperation in the field of railways 

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the President of France, Mr. Francois Hollande, at Hyderabad House.

The Union Cabinet Chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Indian Railways and SNCF Mobes (a company owned by the French State) on Technical Cooperation in the field of Railways. The MoU was signed on 10th March 2018.

The MoUs provide a platform for Indian Railways to interact and share the latest developments and knowledge in the railway sector. The MoUs facilitate exchange of technical experts, reports and technical documents, training and seminars/workshops focusing on specific technology areas and other interactions for knowledge sharing.

The MoU will provide a framework of cooperation for focused approach in following key areas:-

1. High speed and semi-high speed rail;

2. Station renovation and operations;

3. Modernisation of current operations and infrastructure;

4. Suburban trains.

Background:

Ministry of Railways has signed MoUs for technical cooperation in the Rail sector with various foreign Governments and National Railways. The identified areas of cooperation among others include high-speed corridors, speed raising of existing routes, development of world-class stations, heavy haul operations and modernization of rail infrastructure, etc. The cooperation is achieved through the exchange of information on developments in areas of railways technology & operations, knowledge sharing, technical visits, training & seminars and workshops in areas of mutual interest.

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