New Delhi, 28 October 1974
The Government of the Republic of INDIA
The Government of the United States of AMERICA,
GUIDED by a common desire to strengthen further the friendly relations between their two countries,
DETERMINED to explore the possibilities of fostering mutually advantageous cooperation between them in the economic, commercial, scientific,
technological, educational and cultural fields,
HAVE AGREED as follows :
The Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the United States of America hereby constitute a Joint Commission on
Economic, Commercial, Scientific, Technological, Educational and Cultural Cooperation.
THE TASKS OF THE COMMISSION MAY INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING
1. In the field of economic and commercial cooperation :
(a) to review matters concerning economic and commercial relations between the two countries;
(b) to identify and investigate areas for closer cooperation, to make joint studies in areas of common interest and to recommend programs
concerning economic growth and development through mutual cooperation;
(c) to recommend measures and activities to stimulate two-way trade between the two countries consistent with their international
obligations, which may include inter alia the sending of trade promotion missions and trade delegations;
(d) to promote possibilities of increased investment consistent with the investment policies of the two countries; and
(e) to explore possibilities to enhanced cooperation between financial, industrial and commercial institutions and organisations.
2. In the field of scientific and technological cooperation :
(a) to review and recommend plans for cooperation between the two countries and measures for their implementation and coordination,
which may include inter alia the exchange of specialists and information and the organisation of bilateral seminars on problems of
(b) to identify common scientific and technological problems and to formulate and recommend joint research programs which might lead
to application of results in industry, agriculture, health and other fields; and
(c) to explore possibilities of enhanced scientific and technical cooperation between the two Governments, their agencies and other
institutions in the two countries.
3. In the field of education and cultural cooperation :
(a) to review and recommend programs, plans and priorities for cooperative efforts to facilitate the interchange of people, materials
and ideas in the broad fields of education, scholarship, and such areas of cultural endeavour as performing arts, fine arts, libraries
and museums, sports and mass communications; and
(b) to review periodically the progress and functioning of existing programmes and arrangements, making recommendations as may be
4. The Commission may also consider matters arising in the course of the implementation of the agreements between the two countries
in force from time to time in the fields of economic, commercial, scientific, technological, educational and cultural cooperation
including those which may be signed hereafter and make recommendations for the successful fulfilment of those agreements.
5. The Commission shall also be competent to review other problems that might arise in the implementation of this Agreement and other
related matters that might be brought up by either Party.
The Commission shall consist of representatives of the two Governments with the representation of each government headed by an official
of ministerial or cabinet rank.
The Commission may appoint Sub-commissions and other bodies as may be necessary to deal with specific issues of fields of cooperation
and to make appropriate progress reports.
The Commission shall hold its meetings not less than once a year. Meetings of the Commission shall be held in each country alternately.
The Commission may invite to such meetings, as may be mutually agreed, the required number of experts and advisers. Special meetings
of the Commission may be convened by mutual agreement.
Within its areas of competence, the Commission may submit mutually agreed findings or proposals to the respective Governments.
Administrative expenses incidental to the meetings of the Commission and its Sub-commission shall be borne by the country in which
the meeting is held. Each Government shall bear the expenses of its own representation at the meetings of the Commission and its
Sub-commission, including the expenses of travel to such meetings as well as board and lodging and other personal expenses of its
representatives. All procedural and administrative matters not provided for herein shall be determined by the Commission or its Sub-commissions
upon the mutual consent of the two sides.
This Agreement shall remain in force, subject to the right of either Government to terminate it upon notification to the other Government
in writing of its intention to do so, such notification being made not later than six months prior to the proposed date of termination
of the Agreement. Unless otherwise agreed, the termination of this Agreement or of the activities of the Commission shall not affect
the validity or duration of any other agreements entered into by the two Governments in the fields of economic, commercial, scientific,
technological, educational or cultural cooperation.
This Agreement shall come into force from the date of signature hereof.
DONE in New Delhi on October 28, 1974 in two original copies each in Hindi and English, both texts equally authentic.
Y. B. CHAVAN
Minister of External Affairs
Government of India
HENRY A. KISSINGER
Secretary of State
Government of the United States of America