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Celebration of the ITEC Day 2022 in Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Embassy of India

Celebration of the ITEC Day 2022 in Antananarivo, Madagascar

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58th ITEC Day was celebrated by the Embassy of India Antananarivo on 29 September 2022.

H.E. Mrs. Vavitsara Gabriella Rahantanirina, Minister of Technical Education and Vocational Training of Madagascar was the Chief Guest at the event.  Secretary Generals of Ministries of Government of Madagascar, a large number of ITEC alumni, and the members of Indian community actively participated in the event. 

The event started with a welcome remark by the Chargé d'affaires Mrs Mani Agarwal. The C d'A highlighted the various aspects of ITEC programme and said-“ITEC (Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation) is Government of India’s flagship program instituted on 15 September 1964. It is aimed at sharing India’s own development experiences with fellow developing countries on the basis of partnership and cooperation for mutual benefit. Its major thrust area is on capacity building targeted towards skill development and professionalism of the trainees in their respective fields of activity."

“It gives me immense joy to see the unique role played by ITEC in boosting capabilities of many Malagasy students/professionals.
Over past 5 years, 374 Malagasy nationals have availed the ITEC program. 27 slots are allotted to Madagascar for training in defense institutions of India for the training year 2022-23 and107 slots are allocated to Madagascar for training year 2022-23 for training of civilian professionals, both from public and private sector, in different centres of excellence in India”, she added.

“As India celebrates Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate 75 years of its Independence, I would like to highlight that ITEC programme is one of the many ways in which India has been a partner of Madagascar in its development journey.”-Cd'A said.

It was followed by a speech of the Chief Guest of the event H.E. Mrs. Vavitsara Gabriella Rahantanirina, Minister of Technical Education and Vocational Training of Madagascar. 

"I’m also grateful to the Republic of India, for the Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), which benefits about a hundred professionals from the public and private sectors and Malagasy students, and thank the scholarships in India for the strengthening of their skills in the professional field. This kind of partnership for development occupies a primordial place in the improvement and professionalization of the  work sectory in Madagascar."-the Minister  said.

A short film on ITEC Day was shown during the event.

It was followed by an elaborate cultural programme by the ITEC alumni in Madagascar which included a  Yoga performance followed by fashion shows showcasing the rich and varied costumes of various states of India as well various regions of Madagascar. Indian and Malagasy dances were also performed by the ITEC alumni. Three ITEC alumni  also shared their experiences of the ITEC programme.  Three ITEC alumni joined the celebrations by sharing their experience through videos that were played during the celebrations.