PAPUA New Guinea can benefit a lot in science and education from India’s economic growth and technology advances, says West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel.
He said this when urging the Government to facilitate general cooperation agreements with India while attending a function to celebrate India’s 66th Republic Day in Port Moresby last Wednesday.
"I call for the Government to facilitate a bilateral agreement with India especially in technical cooperation and double-tax treaty," Mr Muthuvel said, adding that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Foreign Minister and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato had said PNG would. "We cannot now ignore India because of its economic potential and because of its technology, especially in science and technology, space technology."
"India may not be able to assist in terms of real funding, real cash but they are willing to assist in terms of giving some technologies and technical cooperation," he said.
One example of technical assistance that India has helped PNG with was the sponsoring of 12 women under the Indian technical and economic cooperation programme which was designed to share India’s developmental experience with other countries.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Indian Government for giving that scholarship to 12 Papua New Guineans - all women - to undergo six months training at the Barefoot College in India to become solar engineers," Mr Muthuvel said.
"To continue that, we’ve also started setting up the Barfod college model in West New Britain, the building of which is about to complete and we will also be seeking help from the Indian Government to get some additional equipment and tools that will assist us to train those wishing to enrol in the college."
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