India, Afghanistan sign capacity development MoU
NEW DEHLI (PAN): Afghanistan and India on Wednesday entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for implementation of a twinning arrangement for public sector capacity development in Afghanistan.
The signing of the treaty follows the high profile visit of President Hamid Karzai last week, when the two nations forged a strategic partnership treaty on security and economic alliance besides signing deals on mineral exploration and development of hydrocarbons.
Under the new MoU, both countries will cooperate in the field of public sector capacity development in accordance with the applicable domestic law in force in the respective countries in which the activities are undertaken.
The MoU was signed by the Indian Labour & Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge with Afghan Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled Minister Amena Afzali.
Welcoming the Afghan delegation, Khage said India and Afghanistan shared warm and cordial relations based on historical and cultural links, spanning over centuries.
Referring to the recent visit of President Karzai, the minister said there were around 4000 Indians in Afghanistan engaged in rehabilitation of the country both through the projects of Indian government and private sector initiatives.
The VV Giri National Labour Institute (VVGNLI) in India has been organising various training programmes for Afghan officials.
Khage said areas for further technical cooperation between VVGNLI and Government of Afghanistan, there could be more programmes similar to those being organised currently, which can be conducted for different groups of social partners besides capacity building for the labour administrators.
The programmes can be developed and organised by the VVGNLI for Afghanistan labour administrators. These programmes could focus on themes like industrial relations, social security, child labour and gender issues in labour market.
"Our institute could help the Afghan government in developing a Labour Institute in Afghanistan, which could provide technical expertise in designing research studies to be under taken in the areas of labour and employment there and could also organize courses on research methods in labour studies, Khage said.
"India can share the details of its various schemes in the area of skill development, health insurance, social Security, OSH etc," said Kharge.
As per the MoU, the cost to carry out the activities under this agreement shall be met out of National Institution Building Project (NIBP) (set up for Afghanistan capacity building) funds mobilized from different resources.
The scope of this twinning Agreement includes provision of advisory services for supporting policy and strategy development and systems improvement in accordance with identified needs of Afghanistan for assessments, capacity development, policy development and other advisory services, including services of technical experts for specific identified needs.
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