Zimbabwe is poised to continue benefitting from a bilateral capacity-building programme being implemented by India, which strives to empower developing countries with technical and economic development skills.

Established more than half a century ago, the India Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme has empowered scholars from developing countries with diverse skills in key sectors, such as Information Communication Technologies (ICT), Energy and Management, among other diverse fields.

Guest of Honour at the 2019 ITEC Day celebrations held in Harare this Monday, Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare, Hon Sekai Nzenza noted that the skills acquired by Zimbabwean students will feed into the vision of an upper-middle income economy 2030.

“In line with the country’s Open For Business mantra,  such trainings are critical to prepare our public sector to achieve what has been outlined by his excellency,  President Emmerson Mnangagwa for Zimbabwe to achieve upper-middle income status by 2030,” said Hon Nzenza.

Indian representative to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Ras Masukui said the programme will enhance ties between Zimbabwe and India.

“What is important for us is that the people who have been trained in India go back to their respective departments or areas of expertise and get their skills enhanced so that  when they come back there will be value addition in the respective works that they do  and government itself will benefit,” Said Ambassador Masukui.

A number of ITEC alumni, who attended the celebrations, highlighted the central role the programme plays in economic transformation.

“I  was trained in the in the  field of IT and passed  with distinctions. The  knowledge that I got has enabled  me  to highly perform at my workplace,” said one ITEC alumni.

“A classroom was created for us  into an information technology  space, we indeed  manage to  get knowledge  and skills  through this  innovation hub,” added another alumni.

Since introduction of the ITEC Programme in 1985 over 1 000 scholars have benefitted with the figure set to increase following an increase in slots allocated to Zimbabwe this year.