India to assist with medical training at Couva hospital
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has welcomed a request by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, for his country to participate in a new model for healthcare training in Trinidad and Tobago at the Couva Hospital.
The collaboration could include the teaching of traditional Indian medicine.
A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister indicated that the Prime Ministers of both countries engaged in bilateral discussions during the first official day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on Thursday.
Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Dennis Moses was also present for the talks.
Prime Minister Modi indicated during the meeting that his Government was interested in partnering with Trinidad and Tobago in the areas of information communication technology (ICT), energy and pharmaceuticals.
He said that India would be happy to contribute to T&T’s development in keeping with its economic priorities.
Rowley welcomed the request for collaboration and identified additional areas - tourism, healthcare and agriculture - where opportunities exist for both countries to work together.
He also made a request for aviation training for local helicopter pilots to which Prime Minister Modi indicated his country is able provide.
Regarding tourism Dr Rowley identified the need for direct air transport between the two nations as this would provide a mutually beneficial link and allow for the free flow of tourists.
The two leaders agreed that appropriate technical teams would be set up to advance these initiatives. They also issued invitations to each other for official visits to their respective countries.
Prime Minister Rowley and Minister Moses also held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, where matters of mutual interest were discussed.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister attended the formal CHOGM opening where he and other world leaders were addressed by The Queen and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May.
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