Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Embassy of India in Ulaanbaatar celebrated the 52nd Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day at the Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel on March 10, last Friday. The event was attended by about 200 guests, including ITEC alumni, officers from the National Statistics Office of Mongolia and media representatives.
The opening remarks were delivered by Suresh Babu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to Mongolia and D.Odbayar, member of the Constitutional Court of Mongolia.
The Indian Ambassador to Mongolia said that the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Program was founded by a decision of the Indian Cabinet on 15 September 1964 as a bilateral program of assistance by the Government of India. Since then, the ITEC Day has been celebrated by all Indian missions in ITEC partner countries.
The Ambassador informed that as a part of the program, India implements a number of activities, such as sending specialists, organizing training tours, providing technical know-how and developing feasibility studies. “The ITEC program plays an important role in boosting bilateral ties and cooperation with other developing countries. On the other hand, it's our contribution to the promotion of the well-being of mankind and achievement of common goals” he underlined.
In his address to the gathering, the member of the Constitutional Court of Mongolia D.Odbayar spoke about an ITEC program organized by the Government of India on sharing India’s experience toward the development with other countries.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mongolia, the quota of Mongolians to be involved in the ITEC civilian training programs was increased to 150-200 per year. Prior to that, around 120 Mongolian people were earmarked per annum by the ITEC.
Afterwards, some of the recent ITEC participants shared their experiences in India, which were quite positive.
The ITEC programs in Mongolia have been implemented since 1987.