India, Russia seek to exchange media personnel, strengthen ICT ties

India and Russia agreed to strengthen ties in the information and broadcasting (I&B) sector with the exchange of media personnel and cooperation in the social media space, said Lt. Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Indian Minister of State for I&B.

India and Russia agreed to strengthen ties in the information and broadcasting (I&B) sector with the exchange of media personnel and cooperation in the social media space, said Lt. Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Indian Minister of State for I&B.

The Russian side also proposed to include information and broadcasting in the BRICS summit slated to be held in Russia in July, Rathore, said. He was speaking to reporters after his meeting with Nikolay Nikiforov, Russian Minister of Telecom and Mass Communication who was in New Delhi.

BRICS is the acronym for the association of five major emerging international economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Rathore, who met with Nikiforov last week, described relations between the two countries in the media and broadcasting space as "crucial" because of Russia's large international presence in the broadcasting and television network.

"With the increased cooperation between India and Russia and with the BRICS Summit coming up in Russia, they proposed to have interaction with broadcasting and IT Ministry and carry forward the relations in areas in which we can have mutual cooperation,” Rathore said. "This would be in the internet space, television and social media and also an exchange of media personnel from here to Russia, student exchange programme of television and film institute," Rathore elaborated.

Both countries have much to learn from each other's experience, he said, as India is the world’s largest democracy and Russia has a large international television network presence.

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