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Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme

Published: 23rd Mar, 2023

Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme

Context

After the member of Taliban participated in India capacity building assistance to developing countries across the world via the ITEC (Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation) programme, it has seen various objections.

  • Ministry of external affairs has clarified that there has been no change in India’s position on Taliban.

About

About India Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC):

  • Background:
    • The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was instituted on 15 September 1964 by a decision of the Indian Cabinet.
  • Objective:
    • The programme of technical and economic cooperation is essential for the development of our relations with the other developing countries on the basis of partnership and cooperation for mutual benefit.
    • It would also be a concrete manifestation of our resolve to contribute to the evolution of world community based on the inter-dependence of all its members in the attainment of their common goal for promoting the social and economic well-being of their people.
    • Since then 15 September is celebrated as ‘ITEC Day’ every year.
  • Under the programme, India this year has organised a four-day session of online courses inviting several participant countries.
  • The courses under the programme are also open to nationals of various countries, including Afghanistan.

The ITEC is the leading capacity building platform of the Ministry Of External Affairs.

  • The members of the Taliban regime in Kabul attended ‘India immersion’ online course.
  • Title of courses:
    • Immersing with Indian Thoughts, an India Immersion Program’, is designed by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation that executes capacity-building projects in partner countries.

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