Event celebrates India’s biggest CI funding effort

Thursday March 02, 2017 Written by Published in Politics
The offi cial group including prime minister Henry Puna, Finance minister Mark Brown and the High Commissioner for India to the Cook Islands, Vishvas Sapkal, pictured at the Offi ce of the Prime Minister yesterday. 17030133 The offi cial group including prime minister Henry Puna, Finance minister Mark Brown and the High Commissioner for India to the Cook Islands, Vishvas Sapkal, pictured at the Offi ce of the Prime Minister yesterday. 17030133

The official handover of $966,000 from the government of India to the government of the Cook Islands took place yesterday.

 

The ceremony was the latest marking the distribution of funds to 16 successful projects under the India Grant Fund (IGF).

For the 2016/17 IGF round, 16 projects were submitted by the Cook Islands government and funding was approved by the government of India.

The ceremony took place at the Office of the Prime Minister and those present included prime minister Henry Puna, Finance minister Mark Brown and the High Commissioner for India to the Cook Islands, Vishvas Sapkal.

Representatives of the 16 applicants who obtained approval from the IGF were also invited to witness the patronage of their organisations.

Yesterday’s event was said to be more special than those before, as it marked the 20th year of diplomatic relations between the Cook Islands and India.

This year’s is the biggest amount yet approved for the Cook Islands by the Indian government.

The money would go towards a number of community projects ranging from agriculture, to schooling and non-government organisations (NGO) that supported the vulnerable and those with disabilities. said Finance minister Mark Brown.

“These are the types of grants that are very, very effective. They are using government systems to channel these funds directly to the recipients and they are the ones that put them to the best use.” 

Brown noted that discussions had begun surrounding the development of Cook Islands information communication technology.

“We are now looking at fostering and furthering a relationship based around India’s strength and competitive advantage in the ICT area.”

The Cook Islands government now hopes to provide educational and health services through numerous health providers in India, which are already providing services to other countries around the world.

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