The Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security has acknowledged the gesture by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) of training some of its personnel.
Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security, Segakweng Tsiane, revealed at the graduation ceremony that the Indian government allocated 90 civilian slots for 2016/17 to Botswana, which was an increase from 65 slots.
Tsiane said: “We therefore appreciate programmes such as ITEC which are demand-driven, response-oriented and focused on addressing many needs of developing countries through innovative technological cooperation between India and the partnering nation including military training.”
High Commissioner of India to Botswana, Dr Ketan Shukla, said that the significance of ITEC Programme had been reflected in the increasing number of participants. In 2016/17, over 1 200 scholarship slots were accessible under the ITEC/SCAAP (State Criminal Alien Assistance Programme) in the 47 premier training institutions in Indian.
Shukla says his country would continue to put afford other developing countries assorted support through the ITEC)
He said ITEC was a demand-driven programme; therefore assistance offered under it was generally in rejoinder to desires arriving from friendly countries and the dedication made by India’s political leadership.
The first Indian Army Training Team (IATT) came to Botswana as a small contingent of signal personnel and the first Indian Air Force training team were engineers and technicians and later in 1982, flying instructors began conveying training in flight operations.
Tsiane said: “Every year we receive offers for training programmes on security and strategic studies, defence management, aeronautical engineering, logistics and management, counter insurgency administered by prestigious institutions like the India National Defence College and the India Defence Services Staff College.”
A total of 45 BDF recruits received ITEC certificates from 2017 and more than 300 BDF officers have benefited from this programme.