Cabinet approves MoU signing between India, South Africa for cooperation in Disability Sector

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New Delhi: The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of India and the Government of the Republic of South Africa for cooperation in the Disability Sector.

The bilateral Memorandum of Understanding will encourage cooperation between the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of South Africa through joint initiatives in the disability sector.  It will strengthen bilateral ties between India and South Africa. Specific proposals for cooperation between the two countries,  as mutually agreed upon,  will be taken up for implementation during the period of validity of the Memorandum of Understanding.

It envisages that Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) at the large and the ageing population in both countries who especially require modern, scientific, durable, cost-effective aids and assistive devices will be benefitted from this MoU.

India and South Africa share a  long historical link and relations in the context of the struggle for freedom and justice from the time Mahatma Gandhi started the Satyagraha Movement in South Africa over a century ago. India was also at the forefront of the international community in its support of the anti-apartheid movement. Post-independence, diplomatic relations with South Africa was restored in 1993 a wereereafter, India and South Africa established a strategic partnership in March 1997.

Subsequently, there has been a consolidation of our cloa se and friendly ties with South  Africa,  both bilaterally and throu   BRICS, IB  and other forums. A number of bilatforumsagreements have been concluded between the two countries in diverse areas ranging from economic and commercial cooperation, defence, culture, health, human settlements, public administration and science and technology. I

India’s Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) has been a useful medium for promoting cooperation in development of human resources. Bilateral cooperation between India and South Africa in combating COVID-19 Pandemic and addressing other global challenges have been notable.  Various other  Ministries/ Departments have also signed MoUs / Agreements for cooperation in their relevant sectors, which further illustrate deeper relationships with the Government of South Africa.

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