MEA announces Covid-19 training programme for SAARC countries

News: Ministry of External Affairs announced rolling out of a training programme on management of coronavirus pandemic for healthcare professionals from SAARC countries. It will be imparted under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme.


  • Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme  is a bilateral assistance programme which focuses on addressing the needs of developing countries through innovative technological cooperation between India and the partnering nation.
  • It was instituted in 1964.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of External Affairs

Additional Facts:


  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a regional intergovernmental organization of states in South Asia. It was established in 1985.
  • Members: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  • Observers: Australia, China, the European Union, Iran, Japan, Mauritius, Myanmar, South Korea and the United States.
  • Secretariat: Kathmandu,Nepal.