Remarks on the Occasion of ITEC Day by Mr. Joel Morgan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Transport of the Republic of Seychelles. 15th September 2016, India House
It is truly an honour for me to be here this evening to celebrate with you yet another ITEC day.
It brings me great joy and pride to see our very own ITEC alumni here with us tonight on this most auspicious occasion.
Before I proceed, I wish to convey my sincerest gratitude to His Excellency Mr. Sanjay Panda, High Commissioner of the Republic of India to Seychelles, for your warm welcome and for your hospitality this evening.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Over the years, many of our Seychellois men and women have reaped the benefits offered by the ITEC programme. Indeed, ITEC mirrors our shared aspiration of seeing our two peoples as the main beneficiaries of our cooperation.
This aligns with the vision of the ITEC programme itself and its underlying belief that bilateral relations should be more than just collaboration on commonly held ideals but it should make a real difference in the lives of our people.
Today, we stand proud to say that we have hundreds of Seychellois who have undertaken this life changing journey. Having bolstered their capability, they are now actively contributing in the development of Seychelles.
On this note, I wish to express on behalf of the Government and the people of Seychelles our heartfelt gratitude to the Republic of India for this initiative. Having our people exposed to first class, state of the art training in various fields is in line with our aspiration of building up a nation with a strong manpower base and capability.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Over the years, we have made good use of the training slots made available to the people of Seychelles through ITEC and we have learnt from the experience of the various experts who have been deputized to work with us in various fields.
With the knowledge and skills that our people have gained from various fields in different Centres of Excellence in India, they have been empowered with more than just professional skills, but they have also been prepared to work within an increasingly challenging globalized world.
With the increasing interest from our people to benefit from the ITEC programme, we sincerely hope that India will continue to allocate the same number of slots to Seychellois citizens.
It is truly heartening for Seychelles to be part of a worldwide community who is benefitting from the ITEC programme. Our people is not only exposed to the Indian way of life but to the rich diversity of Indian Culture. For us, this is of great importance, as we believe that it is through people to people exchanges that we can uncover new avenues for future collaborations.
On this note, I wish to highlight the pivotal role of the ITEC alumni in strengthening the exemplary ties Seychelles and India share. The Alumni group is instrumental in bringing together all those who have had the opportunity to build their skills in India and facilitate the sharing of experiences and expertise.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Both Seychelles and India recognize the important role that education and training plays in the development of our two countries. In addition, both Seychelles and India need to compete in the global economy, in which the knowledge and skills of our peoples will significantly determine how prosperous we are and can be. This makes the quality of our human resources a vital component that would define our measure of success as a nation.
We therefore look at the ITEC programme as a mutually beneficial initiative for both our countries and our peoples. As we come close to the first anniversary after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations, it is now more important than ever that we continue to work together through the ITEC Programme to achieve the SDGs.
Seychelles will continue to place strong emphasis in making our people the masters of their own destiny. We believe we can do this by working with friendly and supportive partners like India.
Your Excellency, ladies and gentlemen, I now have the pleasure to invite you to join me in a toast to the success of the programme and to the many more successes to come. May the ITEC programme continue to further solidify the friendship between our two nations.
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