President Pranab Mukherjee has shared the great value New Delhi attaches to its friendship and cooperation with Minsk, adding that he is honoured to be the first Head of State from India to visit Belarus.
“India attaches great value to our friendship and co-operation with Belarus. Our common interests in the field of science and technology, our complementarities in the fields of information technology and engineering, our collaboration in energy and in pharmaceuticals – as well as our close cooperation in defence, have linked our countries in a long standing, fruitful partnership for mutual benefit,” President Pranab Mukherjee said, while speaking at the Civic Reception accorded to him on Wednesday.
“Even as we deepen our collaboration in these areas, we continue to explore new avenues in several areas of common interest – prioritising renewable energy, manufacturing, mining and vocational training,” he added.
President Pranab Mukherjee further said that one of the ‘key objectives’ of his visit is to broker linkages between institutions in both countries.
“Another key objective of my visit is to foster mutually beneficial linkages between premier academic and scientific institutions in India and Belarus. I am glad to see that the Indian Digital Learning Centre in Minsk has been successfully operating since January 2012 – and has imparted advanced IT training to a large number of IT professionals from Belarus. Several young people from Belarus have benefited from India’s ITEC training programmes. Belarus is popular with Indian students. We must encourage linkages in the education sector as an investment in capacity-building for future generations,” he said.