The High Commission of India in Brunei Darussalam marked 57 years of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day with a function yesterday.
Some 40 guests representing the ITEC Alumni, members of Brunei Youth Association and trade chambers, faculty and students of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) attended the event.
Participants of ASEAN-India Youth Summit, ASEAN-India Online Hackathon as well as prominent members of the Indian associations in the Sultanate also attended. Video presentations were displayed during the event which primarily focussed on the recent capacity building capsules conducted under the ITEC Programme.
The high commission also received a request from some participants to facilitate special programmes, including those related to start-ups and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector, for the benefit of the business community in Brunei.
ITEC, India’s most successful partnership cooperation programme, provides technical assistance, training/capacity building opportunities to partner countries in a range of fields including IT, banking, administration, audit, scientific to both civil and defence personnel.
Normally, the ITEC Day is celebrated in September each year, and it was decided to delay the commemoration last year due to the COVID-19 induced restrictions.
Some 51 Bruneians have availed of the various programmes offered under ITEC. Of these, 37 attended their programme in physical format in India and 14 Ministry of Development officials attended an online programme in October 2020. Bruneian nationals have also attended courses on cybersecurity and Unispace Nanosatellite Assembly and Training on nano-satellite building.