A Memorandum of Understanding for co-operation in Traditional Medicines between the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India and the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago was today signed in New Delhi. Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, signed the MoU on behalf of Government of India and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Communications of Trinidad and Tobago, Shri Surujrattan Rambachan signed the MoU in presence of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Shri Azad said that India is blessed with well-developed systems of traditional medicine which hold tremendous potential in the global health scenario. “It is heartening to know about the interest of Madam Prime Minister in Ayurveda and medicinal plants. Trinidad and Tobago, which has a rich population of people of Indian origin (about 42%), will be able to easily appreciate the benefit of Ayurveda as a system for preventing and curing diseases and promoting good health”, he said. Shri Azad added that an Information Cell is being set up at the Indian High Commission at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The Cell will help in disseminating knowledge and dealing with queries about Indian traditional systems of medicine amongst the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
The signing of the MoU provides a legal frame work for the cooperation between the two countries for the promotion of Indian traditional medicine in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The main objective of the MoU is to strengthen, promote and develop co-operation in the field of traditional systems of medicine between the two countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. The salient features of the MoU include identifying further areas of co-operation for the promotion of traditional medicine including the regulation of teaching, practice, drugs and drugless therapies of traditional systems of medicine within the scope of this MoU; Supplying all medicine materials and documents necessary for demonstration and reference in achieving the objectives specified within the framework of the MoU; Exchanging experts for training of practitioners, paramedics, scientists, teaching professionals and students in traditional medicine; Accommodating interested scientists, practitioners, paramedics and students in institutions for research, educational and training programmes on traditional medicine; Mutual recognition of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy Pharmacopeia of India and Herbal Pharmacopoeia, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Mutual recognition of educational qualifications in traditional medicines awarded by Central / State recognised Universities of respective countries; Setting up of chairs on Traditional Systems of Medicine; Providing scholarships for future education in recognized institutions; etc
In order to carry forward the provisions of the MoU, the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), and University of West Indies (UWI) would sign a separate MoU for establishing an “Ayurveda Chair” in University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.