Cabinet approves India-UAE MoU on bilateral cooperation

The Union cabinet has approved an MoU between India and the UAE on bilateral cooperation in the road transport and highways sector. The MoU will be signed between the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime, UAE. The proposed MoU envisages greater cooperation, increased investment in infrastructure development and enhanced logistical efficiency. This will help in promoting safe, economical, efficient and environmentally sound road transport in the country. The MoU facilitates the exchange and sharing of knowledge, and cooperation in the area of transportation technologies and transport policies, for passenger and freight movement by roads; planning, administration and management of road infrastructure; technology and standards for road/highway construction and maintenance; sharing of information and best practices for developing road safety plans and road safety intervention strategies, and outreach activities aimed at reducing deaths and injuries resulting from road accidents; sharing of knowledge and best practices in user-fee (toll)-related issues including modern systems, technologies and methods of levying of user fees and collection including electronic toll collection system; sharing of information areas of improved technologies and materials in road and bridge construction, including joint research; and sharing of information and cooperation for mobilising investments for setting up logistics parks, freight logistics, transportation warehousing and value-added services as an enabler, and as a catalyst of economic growth and seamless freight movement.