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Celebration of ITEC Day 2021 in Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Embassy of India

Celebration of the ITEC Day 2021 in Antananarivo, Madagascar
Press Release 

57th ITEC Day was celebrated by the Embassy of India on 23 September 2021.
H.E.Mrs. Mrs. Lalatiana Rakotondrazafy Andriatongarivo, Minister of Communication and Culture, was the Chief Guest at the event. Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Madagascar, Chef de Cabinet of the Foreign Minister of Madagascar, Secretary Generals of several 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 Ambassador Abhay Kumar. The Ambassador 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. Today, the ITEC programme proudly claims to have reached out to more than 200,000 beneficiaries in 161 partner countries.” 
“It gives me immense joy to see the unique role played by ITEC in boosting capabilities of many Malagasy students/professionals.  Since 2007, 854 Malagasy professionals have availed training in India under the ITEC programme”, Ambassador added.
“As India celebrates Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate its 75 years of Independence, I would like to highlight the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole Earth is one family), one of the core philosophies of Indian civilization since ancient times. Madagascar is a crucial part of this family and ITEC programme is one of the many ways in which India has been a partner of Madagascar in its development journey”-Ambassador said.
It was followed by a speech of the Chief Guest of the event Mrs. Lalatiana Rakotondrazafy Andriatongarivo, Minister of Culture and Communication of Madagascar.
"The professionals and people have been offered unique training courses, both civilian and defence, in  different centres of excellence in India which empower them with not just professional skills, but prepare them for an increasingly globalized world. The entire expenditure on training under ITEC for category-I countries is borne by Government of India"-the Minister  said.
Two short films on ITEC Day and development partnership between India and Madagascar were shown during the event.
It was followed by an elaborate cultural programme by the ITEC alumni in Madagascar which included a fashion show 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. Four ITEC alumni (3 civilian and 1 defence) also shared their experiences of the ITEC programme.  Mr. Tahiry Ratsimandao, Secretary General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Madagascar, himself an ITEC alumni said-"I enjoyed my time in India during the course and I am thankful to the teachers who taught me. I like India so much especially Karol Bagh in Delhi. That is my favorite place. Indian youth has national pride and patriotism in them which I took in me during my visit to India as an ITEC trainee."
Special supplements on ITEC programme of the Government of India were published in the local newspapers of Madagascar and Comoros on this occasion.