India’s development cooperation with associate international locations is based on equality, mutual respect for sovereignty in addition to freedom of choice, and not on competitors, conditionalities or prescriptions, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated on Monday.

Addressing a gathering marking 55 years of India’s development partnership programme, Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), he stated the international locations of world south are vital companions for India.

“Together, we represent the aspirations of 6.3 billion people of the world. Many of us have historical ties dating back to centuries, be it through mercantile trade or culture. Our forefathers have struggled together against colonial bondages. Today, our collective bilateral trade stands around USD 220 billion,” he stated.

India’s development cooperation and assist to the trigger of multilateralism movement from the philosophy of inter-connectedness and interdependence which displays dedication to ‘Vasudeva Kutumbakam (world is one household), Jaishankar stated, hailing the ITEC programme.

Over the final 55 years, ITEC has been a automobile to share India’s huge and distinctive expertise of progress and development by means of capability constructing and coaching of greater than 200,000 authorities officers and professionals from 160 associate international locations of the worldwide south in premier institutes of the nation, based on the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

At the occasion, Jaishankar launched the e-Vidya Bharti and e-Arogya Bharti — tele-education and tele-medicine venture for Africa, which is one of the most important tasks being executed by the MEA.

This venture will allow African college students to entry premier Indian schooling by means of the comforts of their houses and supply Indian medical experience to African docs and sufferers alike, Jaishankar stated.

‘Development cooperation has always played a central role in India’s international coverage’

Development cooperation has all the time performed a central function in India’s international coverage and the nation has been dedicated to stay a steadfast and dependable developmental associate by sharing its personal huge development expertise of over seven a long time, he stated.

“India’s relations with partner countries are based on the principles of equality, mutual respect for sovereignty and freedom of action and choice. It is not based on competition, conditionalities or prescriptions,” Jaishankar stated.

India’s perception stems from the spirit of solidarity to boost mutual studying for shared and sustainable progress, he stated.

“These are also the cornerstones in our capacity building initiatives which span from Latin American countries to Pacific Island countries, as we traverse similar paths of development,” Jaishankar stated.

Developing international locations are blessed with bounties of nature and luxuriate in demographic dividend, however they’re confronted with comparable and daunting challenges similar to inhabitants useful resource imbalances, rising inequities together with rising aspirations of the youth, local weather change, applied sciences that change all too rapidly, nearly ruthlessly, that they need to hold tempo with, he stated.

“In the wake of these challenges, we need to expand our partnership choices in foreign cooperation and resolve to collaborate more closely to press ahead with our SDGs (sustainable development goals),” he stated.

Several bulletins for enhancement of ITEC coaching slots have been made through the current bilateral visits and in addition on the numerous multilateral engagements such because the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), IAFS-III, Caribbean Community (CARICOM), FIPIC, he stated.

These capability constructing efforts are additionally consistent with India’s regional priorities with ‘Neighbourhood countries being First’ and Africa being central within the scheme of issues, Jaishankar stated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi additionally envisions India’s collective and inclusive development by means of his emphatic name for ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas Sabka Vishwas’ (Co-operation of all for development of all) and in addition by means of flagship schemes similar to ‘Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikaas Yojna’ (Skill India Mission) which spotlight the function that expertise play in nation constructing, Jaishankar stated.

He stated that to make the advantages of these development schemes accessible to the final individual within the remotest of area, the PM has pushed for digitisation of the supply of flagship schemes.

“India seeks to be leader in Climate Change Action. India’s initiative of the International Solar Alliance led by the vision of our Hon’ble PM is testimony to the fact that we are committed to a clean and sustainable future for the children of tomorrow,” he stated,.

“We are fast moving towards use of clean technologies and e-vehicles for reduction of fossil fuel dependency and emissions,” Jaishankar stated.

The goal of manufacturing of 175 GW of renewable power that India set for itself as half of the Solar Alliance Initiative and its integration in the primary energy grid, is effectively on its option to be achieved, he stated.

“India believes in a shared future. Sharing of capacities leads to formation of professional and economic inter-linkages which in turn generate the ecosystem for co-creation of mutually beneficial policies and technologies,” he stated.

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik, Secretary Economic Relations within the MEA, T S Tirumurti, diplomats from numerous missions of international locations, senior officers from the Indian authorities and ITEC establishment, had been amongst these current on the event.

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