New Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) The Centre today gave nod to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tanzania for cooperation in the field of traditional medicines and homeopathy.
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also gave its approval for signing of an agreement for cooperation between India and Mozambique in combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs.
"The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a MoU between India and Tanzania in the field of traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy.
"The MoU will provide structured frame work for the cooperation between the two countries for the promotion and propagation of Indian traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy in Tanzania," an official statement said.
There will be no additional financial implications involved and the financial resources necessary to conduct research, training courses, conferences and meetings will be met from the existing allocated budget and existing plan schemes of AYUSH Ministry, it said.
India is blessed with well-developed systems of traditional medicine including medicinal plants, which hold tremendous potential in the global health scenario, while traditional medicine is an important element of life of Tanzanian people.
Tanzania on the other hand, is an important East African country and has historical ties with India. It also has a substantial population of around 70 thousand Indian diaspora.
Tanzania and India have traditionally enjoyed close, friendly and co-operative relations and in recent years, the relationship of the two countries have been marked by close contacts at the highest political level including cooperation in the field of health and medicine, the statement said.
The AYUSH Ministry has signed MoUs with several other countries which include China, Malaysia, Hungary, Bangladesh and Nepal.
The Union Cabinet also gave its approval for signing of a pact between India and Mozambique on drug demand reduction and prevention of illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals and related matters.
"The MoU is aimed to enhance mutual cooperation between the two countries in combating illicit trafficking in Narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors through exchange of information, expertise and capacity building," the statement added.