The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) is the leading capacity-building platform of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Instituted in 1964, ITEC is one of the oldest institutionalised arrangements for international capacity building, having trained more than 250,000 beneficiaries from over 160 partner countries in both the civilian and defense sectors.

On October 27, 2023, the High Commission of India in Pretoria hosted an information session in line with ITEC Day at Tshwane South TVET College in Pretoria West.

H.E. Mr. Prabhat Kumar welcomed honourable members of parliament and other distinguished guests.

The ITEC program is fully funded by the Government of India and has grown and evolved over the years. It is an example of South-South cooperation. It highlights the important position of development cooperation in India’s foreign policy today. Specific courses can be tailor-made to meet the specific requests of India’s partner organisations under the ITEC program. Apart from organising training courses in India, the ITEC program also covers the exportation of Indian expertise abroad, aid for disaster relief, gifting of equipment, and feasibility studies. Besides officials from the government, scores of individuals working in the private sector are also covered by ITEC and have been able to enhance their technical and other skills, which, in turn, have helped them in their own career development.

The ITEC program in South Africa began in 1993 and is open to all South African nationals. South Africa and India are strategic partners and maritime neighbours; therefore, the two countries assist each other in whatever way is required.

Applicants can choose from various courses such as data science for managerial decision-making, environmental audit, information technology, project management training, and certification, to name just a few of the 74 courses available.

ITEC reflects the phase of the new India, especially the cutting-edge technological and economic development in the past 70 years. India has the 5th largest economy in the world.

India and South Africa share mutual respect. This year marks 30 years of diplomatic relations since they were reestablished between the two countries.

Testimonials were shared by beneficiaries from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Captain James from the South African Navy, and businessmen who have already participated in this vocational training.

The event ended with a colourful dance performance displaying the vibrant Indian culture.

by Marion Kate