ITEC: Empowering and developing masses
Development partnership occupies a paramount place in India’s foreign policy. In recent years, India’s foreign development assistance programmes in developing nations have expanded significantly. These include Lines of credit, financial support, technical consulting, disaster relief, humanitarian help, educational scholarships, and various other capacity-building programmes, including short-term civilian and military training courses.
This development cooperation is based on two main pillars, first, Development cooperation incorporating the idea of partnership, i.e. working for mutual benefit and secondly, development cooperation based on priorities determined by the partner.
In January 2012, the Ministry of External Affairs established the Development Partnership Administration (DPA). Through the stages of ideation, launch, implementation, and commissioning, DPA strives to streamline and improve the delivery of various parts of India’s development assistance. The DPA works in close collaboration with the Ministry’s concerned Territorial Divisions, which continue to be the primary interlocutors with partner nations in terms of project prioritization and selection under India’s development assistance efforts.
About ITEC Programme:
The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was instituted on 15 September, 1964, for the development of relations with the other developing countries on the basis of partnership and cooperation for mutual benefit.
Currently, 158 nations from Asia, East Europe, Central Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and small island countries share their developmental experiences with India in various sectors. In 1993, North Korea became India’s ITEC partner.
Under the ITEC and its sister programmes, the SCAAP (Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme), and the Technical Cooperation Scheme of Colombo Plan, more than 160 countries are invited to share India’s developmental experience acquired over six decades of her existence as a free nation.
In recent years, Indian experts have been deputed in areas such as information technology, auditing, legal affairs, agriculture, ayurveda, statistics and demography, public administration and textiles. Several countries have also used the expertise of defence professionals.
The e-ITEC program, since April 2020, has benefitted 550 Sri-Lankan nationals from training in various Indian institutions in areas like biotech, medical research, renewable energy, and so on.
Other initiatives for enhancing capacity building:
National Centre for Good Governance, NCGG a partner institution of the ITEC (Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation) is also working towards designing customized training modules and its implementation taking into account the requirements of the Civil servants of neighboring countries. In the recent past NCGG has conducted several Capacity Building Training Programmes on Public Policy and Governance for the Civil Servants of neighbouring countries. Till date it has trained about 2,500 International Civil Servants from various countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Maldives, and several African Countries.
NCGG in collaboration with ITEC also organized a Webinar on Administrative Innovations- Passport Seva Kendra & e-Office and was attended by 136 International Civil Servants of ITEC Countries of Maldives, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Vietnam, Thailand and Kenya.