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India, Sweden to work together in Artificial Intelligen­ce, future mobility

Swedish Royal couple arrives on five-day State visit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf, who is on a fiveday visit to India with Queen Silvia, inaugurate­d the IndiaSwede­n High-Level Dialogue on innovation policy on Monday with focus on areas such as digital health, artificial intelligen­ce (AI), future mobility and circular economy.

“From future mobility to circular economy, from digital health to AI, Sweden and India will innovate together,” as per the official twitter handle of Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi.

The leaders affirmed the common desire of building greater convergenc­es on bilateral, regional and global matters of mutual interest, according to Ministry of External Affairs spokespers­on Raveesh Kumar.

Top Swedish companies such as Ikea, Tetrapak and Ericsson are part of the Swedish business delegation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia in New Delhi on Monday

led by the King. Bilateral trade in goods between the two countries was over $2 billion in 2018-19, according to figures from the Commerce & Industry Ministry.

According to the Swedish Embassy, the India-Swedish Collaborat­ive Industrial Research Developmen­t Programme in the area of smart grids and the `Joint Call’ in the area of digital health will be announced for joint proposals in 2020.

This is the Royal couple’s second State visit to India. The first visit was in 1993. It’s the fourth high-level exchange

between Sweden and India since 2015 when former President Pranab Mukherjee was on a State visit. In 2016, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven visited India and in 2018, Modi visited Sweden.

“The aim of the State visit is to further strengthen the good relations between Sweden and India, and to promote Sweden-India cooperatio­n, including within the frameworks of the joint action plan, the innovation partnershi­p and existing memorandum­s of understand­ing,” according to the Swedish Embassy.

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