Union Cabinet approved MoU between India and Senegal in the field of health and medicine
The MoU with Senegal in the field of health and medicine will help India in extending its’s soft power in the West African Region.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 February 2017 gave its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Senegal in the field of health and medicine.
Besides, the cabinet gave its approval for setting up of a working group to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation of this MoU.
The main areas of cooperation facilitated by the MoU are -
i. Integrated disease surveillance
ii. Medical research
iii. Emergency relief
iv. Hospital management
v. Drugs and pharmaceutical products/hospital equipments
vi. Traditional medicine
vii. AIDS control
viii. Any other areas of mutual interest
India-Senegal Bilateral Relations
• Senegal is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Mauritania in the north, Mali to the east, Guinea to the southeast and Guinea-Bissau to the southwest.
• Diplomatic relations between India and Senegal were established in 1962.
• Since then, both the countries have been maintaining warm and friendly bilateral relations sharing common values including democracy and secularism.
• India and Senegal enjoy excellent relations not only in the political field, but also in economic and commercial spheres.
• They are both members of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) and G-15.
• Senegal deeply appreciates India’s cooperation and support for the development of Africa and in particular Senegal.
• Partnership with India in the field of urban transport, agriculture, human resource development and information technology has led to enhanced quality of life in Senegal.
• Senegal, being the leading francophone (French-speaking) country in West Africa, has played a significant role in the creation of TEAM-9.
• Techno-Economic Approach for Africa–India Movement (TEAM–9) was launched by India in 2004 together with eight resource-rich West African nations.
• The other eight members of the TEAM-9 initiative are - Burkina Faso, Chad, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali and Senegal.
• Many Indian companies are executing development projects in Senegal under Lines of Credit extended by India as part of bilateral and multilateral schemes.