India and France on Friday sought to strengthen cooperation in areas of culture, heritage conservation, tourism as well as people to people contact. They signed an administrative arrangement in the field of Cultural Heritage through training of Indian heritage conservation professionals at the Institute National du Patrimoine (INP), a higher education establishment of training for curators and restorers in the field of heritage in France.
India and France also signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) on tourism aiming to promote sustainable bilateral tourism through mutual promotion of tourism and sharing of expertise and best practices. The LoI also sought twinning of sites having historical, natural and cultural significance in India and France for promoting them as tourist destinations.
Another Letter of Intent (LoI) between the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) sought collaboration on preventive archaeology projects, initiatives to disseminate culture and promote archaeology, training programmes for specialists of ASI and deployment of expertise, in particular, in the field of underwater archaeology.