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Celebration of the ITEC Day 2023 in Antananarivo,

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Celebration of the ITEC Day 2023 in Antananarivo, Madagascar

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The 59th Anniversary of ITEC Day was celebrated in Antananarivo on 17 October 2023.

2. The event was graced by Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr.RATSIMANDAO Tahirimiakadaza,  Questor and Chairperson of India-Madagascar Friendship Group in the National Assembly of Madagascar, H.E. Mrs. RAKOTOMANGA Lantoarivola, Members of National Assembly- MP RAZAFINDRIATSARA Johnson Anatol, MP RANDRIANASOLO Augustin, MP RANDRIMISA Nicolas and MP RASOAVA Rakotoarisoa Rija Jean, Director General of Ministry of Youth and Sports, Director General of Ministry of Commerce, Secretary General of ITEC Alumni Association and around 160 members of ITEC/ICCR Alumni.

3. In his remarks, Ambassador Bandaru Wilsonbabu mentioned about various aspects of ITEC programme, and  noted that about 900 officials and more than 100 students from Madagascar underwent capacity building programmes in India over the past 15 years under ITEC/ ICCR scholarships. He also invited the professionals and students of Madagascar to benefit from various trainings available under ITEC Programme and ICCR scholarships. He acknowledged the efforts of ITEC Alumni Association of Madagascar towards stronger India- Madagascar partnership and reaffirmed Embassy's full support in their efforts.

4. Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr.RATSIMANDAO Tahirimiakadaza, expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Government of India for the ITEC trainings and ICCR scholarships  offered to Madagascar.  He added that capacity building and skills development were key elements of India’s cooperation with Madagascar.  He fondly recollected his experience as an ITEC alumni in India 15 years ago. 

5. Three ITEC alumni  shared their experiences and were grateful to the Government of India for the trainings which helped them to gain professional knowledge and also provided an opportunity to learn about India and its rich culture.  

6. The event saw enthusiastic participation of the ITEC alumni in Yoga, Bollywood dance and Indian and Malagasy Fashion Shows. A video message from Hon'ble EAM, Minister of State and Secretary (ER) on ITEC Programme was  screened at the event.  A special Millets exhibition was also showcased on the occasion, as part of the celebrations of International Year of Millets-2023.