The Indian Embassy in Vietnam organised the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme in Can Tho on February 22, aiming to boost cooperation with the city and the Mekong Delta region.
Speaking at the occasion, Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Parvathaneni Harish said the event is the Indian Government’s flagship programme for its development partner countries, initiated in 1970.
The diplomat affirmed that Vietnam is an important partner to India in Southeast Asia, noting that the Mekong Delta and its economic hub Can Tho, which both boast potential for extensive cooperation, are receiving significant attention from investors and businesses.
Harish said he expects that public personnel in the region due to receive ITEC scholarships will be equipped with the necessary professional skills and a long-term vision on socio-economic development amidst global integration, and as such will go on to contribute to Vietnam’s national construction and the implementation of its diplomatic goals with foreign countries, including India.
He said India is looking forward to the cooperation in telecommunications, and information and communications technology with Can Tho reaching its full potential.
He added that India and Can Tho can push for collaboration through increasing information and experience exchange between their public management agencies and enterprises.
According to the ambassador, India hopes for the effective implementation of digital connectivity projects with Can Tho in terms of experience exchange on building policy and legal regulations on post and telecommunications management; coordination to build training programmes in the field; and delegation exchanges to share experience and build partnerships between Vietnamese and Indian telecom firms, among others.
Welcoming India’s cooperation goodwill, Chairman of the Can Tho People’s Committee Vo Thanh Thong expressed his expectation that the embassy will create more favorable conditions for his city and other Mekong Delta localities to obtain scholarships from India, contributing to boosting the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership.
Thong pledged to facilitate Indian businesses in joining local IT programmes and projects with a belief that the group, with strengths in capital, experience, and technologies, will find plentiful cooperation and investment opportunities in the city.
Vietnam receives 150 ITEC scholarships annually, the highest number among recipient nations. The programme targets public personnel aged between 25 and 45, with at least 5 years work experience and who have never been sponsored to study in India before.
Currently, under the programme, Vietnamese students are studying across 60 educational establishments in India, which offer over 300 short-term courses on business management and rural development, among others./.