MEA Current Affairs - 2019

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e-VBAB Network Project: MEA, TCIL inks agreement to provide e-health and education in Africa

Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) have signed agreement for implementation of e-VidyaBharati and e-AarogyaBharati (e-VBAB) Network Project in Africa. The project is seen as digital bridge of knowledge and health between India and Africa. It is also considered as important milestone in India’s development partnership with Africa.

E-VBAB Network Project

It is technological upgrade and extension of Pan-African e-Network Project (Phase 1) which was implemented in 48 partner countries across Africa from 2009 till 2017. The phase 1 of project had successfully imparted tele-education and tele-medicine by linking educational institutions and hospitals in India with those from participating countries from Africa.

e-VBAB Network Project is completely funded by Government of India for its entire duration. It is open for participation to all India’s partner countries in Africa. Over its five-year duration, this project will provide free tele-education courses to 4000 students every year from African countries. It will also be utilized for providing free continuing medical education (1000 every year) doctors, nurses, para-medical staff from Africa. Further, Indian doctors, through this project will also provide free medical consultancy to those African doctors who seek such consultancy.

MEA launches mobile App integrating various social media handles

The Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has launched a mobile app that integrates various social media handles of over 170 Indian missions on a common platform.

The application will help to further expand digital presence of MEA and serve as a common platform to further its public outreach.

Key Facts

  • The application has been developed by social media giant Facebook for free.
  • It will help people connect with Indian missions abroad and the MEA through a range of social media platforms without having to access individual websites.
  • The MEA uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gplus, Youtube, Soundcloud, Flickr to reach out to people as part of its social media engagement.
  • People through the app can just tap on the map of the country to get access to all social media platforms of the mission rather than searching for websites, Facebook pages and twitter handle of individual missions.