India doubles contribution to Commonwealth fund for technical cooperation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced doubling of India's contribution to the Commonwealth fund for technical cooperation and stressed the need to focus on providing developmental assistance to small island states, the External Affairs Ministry said. India is going to help these small island states and coastal states in capacity building through training programs at National Institute Of Oceanography in Goa.
India would take part in small projects for assisting Commonwealth-countries
Modi said India would take part in small projects for assisting Commonwealth countries through its permanent mission in New York and Geneva, which would help them to enhance their capacity dealing with multilateral issues. The thrust of the prime minister's interventions was on providing tailor-made assistance to small states and small island developing states, said Rudrendra Tandon, Joint Secretary, MEA.
India would organize cricket training for young boys and girls
With the help of BCCI, India would also organize cricket-training for 30 young boys and 30 young girls under the age of 16, the PM said. "The cross-cutting issues within the Commonwealth are around youth and gender. In that context, cricket being a unique game much played within the Commonwealth. So, we would train young ones from Commonwealth countries in our world-class facilities."
PM calls upon Commonwealth-nations to work together to achieve SDGs
During Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Modi discussed strengthening democracy, state of the international trading system, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate action and security issues faced by the Commonwealth countries. The Prime Minister also said Commonwealth nations need to work together for achieving SDGs and cooperation on climate action.