By Jamal Yali
KUWAIT, Nov 29 (NNN-KUNA) -- The governments of Kuwait and Mongolia have signed here an executive agreement on cooperation in the fields of culture, information, education and science for the years 2008-2010, in addition to a memorandum of understanding in the area of technical cooperation for the protection and preservation of the environment.
The agreement was signed Wednesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah while on the Mongolian side it was signed by acting Foreign Minister Ankbolt Niyama who is accompnaying President Nambaryn Enkhbayar, who is currently an official visit to the country.
The executive agreement is aimed at implementing the cultural agreement signed between the two governments on July 30 and the desire of the two governments to boost cultural, educational, scientific and media cooperation.
The agreement also calls for establishing formative arts exhibitions and participating in international book fairs that are held in both countries, as well as exchanging experiences in excavations.
The two governments shall also exchange visits and technical expertise on children and theatre groups and the musical bands, according to the executive agreement.
It also provides material in the field of information on "cooperation in the areas of radio, television and the exchange of radio and television programmes and encourage the establishment of media weeks in both countries."
The document also provides materials in the area of education and higher education and scientific research to facilitate the exchange of information and documentation of educational, scientific and cultural visits between both educational institutions in both countries.
The two sides also agreed on cooperation between the two national committees of the education, science, culture and letters. They also called for initiating some sort of cooperation between institutions of higher education in both countries and in scientific cooperation.
The memorandum of understanding in the environmental area noted that the two governments sought to cooperate in the substantive area of environmental protection and seeking to achieve their aspirations in the coordination of environmental stances of a technical nature. Thus, the two governments have agreed to enhance cooperation in the fields of environmental protection with respect to environmental assessment studies for developmental projects and the management of coastal and marine areas, combating desertification, management of nature reserves, waste management and pollution control.
Under the memorandum of understanding, the two sides shall cooperate in the exchange of environmental information, documentation and technical bulletins periodically.
According to another article, the two governments shall cooperate in the exchange of experts and environmental professionals within the framework of missions or training sessions.