India and China have decided to work together in improving health care services and deepening of bilateral cooperation in the health sector.
Health ministers of the two nations, who met in Dalian in China on the sidelines of the 18th executive committee meeting of Partners in Population Development (PPD) on June 23 and 24, also decided to take forward the agenda of population development and boost south-south cooperation.
PPD, an inter-governmental initiative for expanding and improving South-to-South collaboration in reproductive health, population and development, also adopted its new governance Charter and drafted its strategic business plan for 2012-14.
India, represented by Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad, has been in the PPD Chair for the last three years and China is its deputy.
The PPD executive committee also undertook the revision of its existing bye-laws to meet the changed requirements and reflect its growing role in population and development dynamics.
The committee also gave shape to a new Governance Charter and Administrative and Financial Manuals for streamlining the functioning of the organisation.
It was felt that the new governance charter and manuals would guide the PPD to take forward its agenda and boost south-south cooperation.
The executive committee also finalised the modalities and schedule for construction of its Secretariat building at Dhaka, Bangladesh, for which land was offered by Bangladesh.