Kautilya Academy 28-10-2020
India and the United States will sign the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation on October 27, 2020 during the third round of 2+2 Ministerial dialogue.
BECA is the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for geo-spatial cooperation. It is basically a communication agreement that has been proposed between the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency of the US Department of Defence and the Indian Union Ministry of Defence. With this agreement, India and the US will be able to exchange important military information such as advanced satellite and topographic data including maps, geophysical data, geodetic data, geomagnetic data, gravity data and nautical and aeronautical charts. The agreement also include the provision of sharing classified information with proper safeguards. It will further ensure that it is not shared with any third party.
BECA is the last agreement of the four foundational agreements that was signed between India and the US in order to strengthen defence ties. These agreements covers areas such as security and military information, logistics exchange and communications and compatibility and security. BECA aims to enhance the geospatial cooperation between India and the US. Other three agreements include-