India and the United States on Friday signed the First Amendment to the Statement of Guiding Principles (SGP) on Triangular Cooperation for Global Development in Asia and Africa as part of their Indo-Pacific cooperation.

The amendment was signed by Devyani Khobragade, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, and Mark Anthony White, Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in India, a press release said.

The SGP Agreement, signed in November 2014, underscores the contribution of India-US partnership to global stability and prosperity. It provides a framework for promoting cooperation between the two countries to meet the developmental aspirations of partner countries, particularly in Asia and Africa.

The First Amendment to the SGP Agreement, signed today, extends the validity of the SGP Agreement up-to 2021. It expands the scope of capacity building activities undertaken jointly by India and the United States under this framework and also provides a consultative mechanism for joint biannual monitoring and review of activities undertaken under the SGP.

Under the agreement, India and US will continue to offer capacity building assistance to partner countries in multiple sectors, focusing primarily on agriculture, regional connectivity, trade and investments, nutrition, health, clean and renewable energy, women empowerment, disaster preparedness, water, sanitation, education and institution building.

The agreement helps fulfil the joint commitment of both nations to work together and leverage their combined capacities to provide demand-driven development partnership.