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Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) have signed agreement for implementation of e-VidyaBharati and e-AarogyaBharati (e-VBAB) Network Project in Africa. The project is seen as digital bridge of knowledge and health between India and Africa. It is also considered as important milestone in India’s development partnership with Africa.
E-VBAB Network Project
It is technological upgrade and extension of Pan-African e-Network Project (Phase 1) which was implemented in 48 partner countries across Africa from 2009 till 2017. The phase 1 of project had successfully imparted tele-education and tele-medicine by linking educational institutions and hospitals in India with those from participating countries from Africa.
e-VBAB Network Project is completely funded by Government of India for its entire duration. It is open for participation to all India’s partner countries in Africa. Over its five-year duration, this project will provide free tele-education courses to 4000 students every year from African countries. It will also be utilized for providing free continuing medical education (1000 every year) doctors, nurses, para-medical staff from Africa. Further, Indian doctors, through this project will also provide free medical consultancy to those African doctors who seek such consultancy.
India and Uganda signed four MoUs in the areas of defence cooperation, visa exemption for official and diplomatic passport holders, cultural exchange programme and material testing laboratory. The agreements were inked following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala.
Signed Agreements are
- MoU on Defence Cooperation
- MoU on Visa exemption for Diplomatic and official passport holders.
- MoU on Cultural Exchange Programme.
- MoU on Material Testing Laboratory.
Highlights of bilateral meeting
Both leaders comprehensively reviewed all aspects of bilateral relations. India announced two Lines of Credit worth nearly US $200 million to Uganda in energy, infrastructure, agriculture and dairy sectors. India announced to continue to play a stable partner in the country’s journey towards development. It also announced to give vehicles, ambulances and cancer therapy machine to Uganda.
India retired its commitment of training, capacity building and infrastructure creation are core areas of cooperation between both countries. Both countries also agreed to work together in trade, investment and tourism sectors, supporting mutual prosperity through reciprocity.
Significance of Visit
PM Modi visited Uganda on the second leg of his three-African nations tour after concluding his Rwanda visit. After concluding his Uganda visit, he will visit South Africa to attend 10th BRICS Summit at Johannesburg. It was first visit by Indian Prime Minister to Uganad in over 20 years. PM Modi also delivered keynote address at Ugandan Parliament, making him first Indian PM to do so.