MoU Between India and Japan on Training of Skilled Workers

15 February 2021 Current Affairs:On February 12, 2021, the Minister of State for Technological Development and Entrepreneurship Raj Kumar Singh stated in Rajya Sabha’s written reply that the Government of India and the Government of Japan in January 2021 signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC)for the training of skilled workers.

♦ The Ministry of Commerce signed on the basic framework of the partnership. The agreement was signed to enable the “designated skilled worker” system to operate normally.
♦ According to the regulations of the Japanese Ministry of Commerce, skilled Indian workers from 14 industries have been identified to increase employment opportunities in Japan.
♦ These skilled Indian workers are selected from the following industries: building cleaning, care, industrial machinery manufacturing, material processing industry, construction, electrical and electronic information related industries, automobile maintenance, shipbuilding and shipbuilding related industries, aviation, agriculture, accommodation, food and Beverage manufacturing, fishery and food service industries.
♦ In November 2016, India’s Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry signed a 10-year “Manufacturing Skills Transfer Promotion Program” memorandum of cooperation (MoC).
♦ In terms of production line transfer, India-based Japanese Industry has launched 13 Japanese Institute of Manufacturing (JIM) and 5 Japanese Chartered Courses (JEC).
♦ In addition, in October 2017, MSDE signed a MoC with the Indian Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, and invited candidates from India to Japan under the Technical Intern Training Program (TITP).
♦ The signing of this MoC on TITP aims to expand bilateral cooperation between India and Japan in the field of skills development. It seeks to change the skills ecosystem in India by sending and accepting technical interns from India to Japan.
♦ Under the leadership of TITP, India has sent 220 candidates in the fields of construction, agriculture, manufacturing and healthcare to Japan.

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