India, Micronesia seek to expand development cooperation, capacity building
India gives annual grants of US $ 200,000 to Federated States of Micronesia
India and Micronesia on Tuesday discussed ways to further enhance cooperation in development partnership, including capacity building.
The issue was discussed when India and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) reviewed their bilateral ties and the development cooperation between the two countries including through the Forum for India-Pacific Island Cooperation (FIPIC) and climate action.
Minister of State for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh interacted with Kandhi A Elieisar, Secretary (Minister), Department of Foreign Affairs of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) through the virtual mode, said a press release of the Ministry of External Affairs.
The Ministers reviewed the progress made in bilateral relations, development cooperation between India and FSM, including through the Forum for India-Pacific Island Cooperation (FIPIC), and climate action, it stated.
They looked forward to further expansion of engagements between India and FSM, the MEA added.
The relations between India and the Federated States of Micronesia have developed in the spirit of South–South Cooperation and also through the SIDS forum of the UN.
India continues to assist Micronesia in capacity building and human resource development through the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), offering 3 slots for Micronesia.
India gives annual grants of US $ 200,000 to Federated States of Micronesia, same as it does to all FIPIC countries.
Micronesia has been supportive of issues of importance to India, particularly Indian candidatures to international organizations and supported India’s candidature for the UNSC non-permanent seat in 2011-12.