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Celebration of ITEC Day 2022

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High Commission of India

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The 58th Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Day (ITEC Day 2022) was celebrated on September 15, 2022 at the High Commission of India, Lilongwe as part of 75th anniversary of India’s independence-‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. The celebration was graced by Honourable Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms. Abida Sidik Mia, M.P, as Guest of honour. The celebration was attended by about 150 ITEC alumni (both Civilian and Defence) and Senior Government officials of the Government of Malawi. Mr. Patrick Bandawe, Honourable Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on International Relations, Mr. Francis Belekanyama, Honourable Member of Parliament, Mr. Blessings Chilabade, Secretary for Human Resource Management and Development and Lt. General Paul Valentino Phiri, Deputy Commander of Malawi Defence Forces were among the guests who participated at the event.

In her remarks, the Honourable Minister Ms. Abida Sidik Mia, thanked India for its continued support to Malawi including through capacity building program under ITEC. She also mentioned that the ITEC program has lived up to its vision of sharing India’s developmental and technical experiences with developing countries, including Malawi, which has greatly assisted in socio-economic development of Malawi.

In his remarks, the High Commissioner mentioned that India and Malawi enjoys longstanding, cordial and friendly relations. He also mentioned that Malawi is one of the valued partners under the ITEC cooperation and ITEC programme forms an important part of India-Malawi bilateral relations. He also highlighted on the development partnership that exists between India Malawi including Capacity Building programme under ITEC and he expressed his hope that ITEC Alumni would continue to act as a bridge in further strengthening India Malawi relationship. 

At the event, some of the ITEC alumni who shared their experiences in India during their training in India highlighted the relevance of the training in their career.
ITEC, programme which started in 1964 and celebrated on 15th September every year, is 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. India offers 300 short-term, medium-term and long-term courses every year in a wide and diverse range of skills and disciplines through over 50 empanelled institutions. Every year more than 15,000 training slots are offered under ITEC programme in various fields. India offers 150 slots of training courses to Malawi every year. Since 2007, over 800 Malawian nationals have availed training in India under the ITEC programme, among them, 29 Malawi Defence Force (MDF) personnels. India has also been offering e-ITEC short online training through webinars on COVID-19 Management Strategies to Africa including Malawi.

September 15, 2022