Press Release: 7th Meeting of the Indo-Swedish Joint Working Group

Press Release: 7th Meeting of the Indo-Swedish Joint Working Group

PRESS RELEASE

The 7th Meeting of the Indo-Swedish Joint Working Group(JWG) on Health was held in Stockholm on 19th September, 2014. The four member Indian delegation was led by Dr. Arun Kumar Panda, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the 10-member Swedish delegation was led by Mr. Niclas Jacobson, Deputy Director General, Head of Division of EU and International Affairs in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

During the meeting, the delegations reviewed the on-going cooperation and agreed on the need for deepening collaboration in the key fields of antibiotic resistance, public health, pharmaceuticals and research. They also agreed that besides the inter-governmental exchanges in the area of health, there should also be active collaboration between the private sectors. Discussions were held on two important documents: a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) between Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and Swedish Research Council for Health Working Life and Welfare (FORTE) on "Research on Ageing and Health" and a Letter of Intent between the Swedish Product Agency and Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).

Earlier, on 18th September, the Indian delegation interacted with the Swedish industry in the Indo-Swedish Round Table on Healthcare. Around 20 Swedish companies attended these discussions which began with introductory remarks by Mr. Niclas Jacobson of Ministry of Health and Social Affairs followed by a talk on the role of private solutions within public health care by Mr. Per Båtelsson, Chairman of the Karolinska University Hospital. Thereafter, Additional Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Panda briefed the audience about recent developments within the Indian health care system. Ms. Maria Helling, CEO of Swecare Foundation talked about the role of public-private cooperation under the Indo-Swedish MOU in the field of health. This was followed by a lively interaction in which Dr. Panda answered various queries posed by the companies.

Both sides feel that the Bilateral Agreement in the area of Health has led to active and mutually beneficial cooperation. A high-power delegation from the Swedish side plans to visit New Delhi on 24-25th November, 2014 to commemorate five years of the signing of this Agreement.

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