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Papua New Guineans urged to Make use of Indian technology programmes

Papua New Guineans need to utilise and take advantage of high-quality Indian technical and economic cooperation (Itec) programme slots.
Indian High Commissioner Vijai Kumar said this when celebrating the 2019 Itec Day at Airways Hotel in Port Moresby last Wednesday.
He said India provided 30 slots to PNG under Itec and Colombo Plan for unique training courses in civil and defence programmes in different centres of excellence in India.
Itec is the flagship programme of the Indian government’s capacity-building effort, not only because of its magnitude and wide geographical coverage, but also for innovative forms of technical cooperation through technical know-how and expertise as well as training opportunities.
“India’s ministry of external affairs has evolved a capacity-building programme called Itec,” Kumar said.
“The Itec programme was instituted by a decision of the Indian cabinet on Sept 15, 1964, as a bilateral programme of assistance of the government of India.
“The decision regarding the setting up the ITEC programme was predicated on the underlying belief that it was necessary to establish relations of mutual concern and inter-dependence based, not only on commonly held ideals and aspirations, but also on solid economic foundations.
“Technical and economic cooperation was considered to be one of the essential functions of an integrated and imaginative foreign policy.
“Under the Itec programme, 161 countries in Asia, Africa, East Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean as well as Pacific and Small
Island countries, are invited to share the Indian developmental experience acquired over the last six decades.” The National

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