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Egypt to observe anniversary of Indian assistance programme

A function is being organised here to mark the anniversary of the launching of an Indian programme for development and economic assistance to developing countries, that has also benefited scores of Egyptians.

world Updated: Oct 08, 2009 23:06 IST

A function is being organised here to mark the anniversary of the launching of an Indian programme for development and economic assistance to developing countries, that has also benefited scores of Egyptians.

The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme, popularly known as ITEC, was launched in 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance of the government of India.

Egyptian Minister of State for Administrative Development, Ahmed Darwish, will open a ceremony on October 12, marking the anniversary of the launching of ITEC.

"More than 120 Egyptians benefited from the program's training sessions and an additional 45 Egyptians get a boon from the programme this year," a statement by the Indian embassy in Cairo said today.

Under ITEC and its corollary SCAAP (Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme), 156 countries in Asia, East Europe, Central Asia, Africa and Latin America are invited to share in the Indian developmental experience acquired over five decades of India's existence as a free nation.

ITEC is about cooperation and partnership for mutual benefit. It is response oriented and it addresses the needs of developing countries.

India, which possess skills of manpower and technology more appropriate to the geographical and ecological conditions and the stage of technological development of several developing countries, spends about Rs 500 million annually on ITEC activities.