Traditional Medicine Current Affairs

India, Cuba sign two MoUs

India has signed two Memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with Cuba to enhance cooperation in biotechnology and traditional medicine. The MoUs were signed after delegation-level talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel in Havana, Cuba.

President Ram Nath Kovind visited Cuba as last leg of his three-nation visit to Greece, Suriname and Cuba. During the delegation level talks both countries agreed to enhance cooperation in biotechnology, renewable energy and traditional medicine. Cuba reaffirmed its support to India’s candidature for permanent seat in United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Key Facts

MoU on Traditional Systems of Medicine: It aims to increase cooperation in traditional medicine and homeopathy between both countries.

MoU on Bio Technology: It aims to deepen collaboration on biotechnology between both countries. It was signed between BioCubaFarma, Cuba’s state company for pharmaceutical and biotechnology products, and India’s Kalam Institute of Health Technology.


First BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine meeting held in New Delhi

The first-ever meeting of BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine (BITFM) was held at Parvasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi. It was organized by Union Ministry of AYUSH.

India being a major stake holder in the field of Traditional Medicine plays an important role in influencing the policies and strategies related to the Traditional Medicine in the BIMSTEC Forum.

Key Facts

The Meeting discussed important agendas such as implementation of strategies of BITFM, priority areas for technical and research collaboration among member states on traditional medicine. It also discussed regional strategy on protection of Genetic Resource associated with traditional medicine knowledge and intellectual property rights, human resource development and capacity building among BIMSTEC States. It also discussed new initiatives, proposals and programmes for cooperation on traditional medicine among BITFM.

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)

BIMSTEC is international organisation involving a group of countries in the South Asia and South East Asia namely, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.