India continues to assist ITEC partner countries with facilities, skills

Aziz Idris

India will continue to assist the India Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) partner countries on the basis of mutual agreed projects to establish useful infrastructure facilities with technology and skills appropriate to their resources and needs.

This was stated by High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar in his opening remarks at a gathering at his residence on Friday night. He shared that this year makes a significant milestone as it celebrates 55 years of the establishment of ITEC.

He noted that over 200,000 government officials and profes-sionals from over 160 partner countries have been trained under the ITEC programme thus far.

Ajaneesh also said that the External Affairs Minister of India Dr S Jaishankar launched two new platforms – e-Vidya Bharti (tele-education) and e-Arogya (tele-medicine) – on October 7.

The gathering also saw the Asean-India Training Workshop, Asean-Indiac, Student Exchange, ITEC Programme sharing sessions and a cultural performance.

Alumni of ITEC Irmaliza binti Mohd Irwan (General Management Course, Administrative Staff College, January 8 to February 2, 2018); Senior Lecturer at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Dr Mas Rina Wati binti Haji Abdul Hamid and UBD student Ilisa binti Ishan (ASEAN-India Training Workshop on ‘Emerging Technologies for Young Professionals from ASEAN MS’, September 20-28, 2019); and Siddiqah binti Rosli (Student Exchange ASEAN-India, May 1-11, 2018) were present.

The ITEC Programme is a fully funded bilateral assistance programme by the Indian Government, preparing participants for an increasingly globalised world.

Deputy Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pengiran Haji Saiful Rizal bin Pengiran Haji Razali, Hajah Norazlianah binti Haji Ibrahim and Pengiran Indera Jaya bin Pengiran Haji Shamsu, representatives from ITEC and ITEC alumni were present.

High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar speaks during the event.
Attendees during the event. PHOTOS: AZIZ IDRIS