The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy between India and Mauritius.
The MoU will enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the areas of traditional medicine including medicinal plants. This will be of immense importance to both countries, considering their shared cultural heritage.
Both India and Mauritius share several cultural, historical, linguistic and literary similarities. Traditional medicine including medicinal plants are promising areas which need to be further explored and can prove to be mutually beneficial to the people of the two countries.
The financial resources necessary to conduct research, training courses, conferences/ meetings and deputations of experts will be met from the existing allocated budget and existing plan schemes of the Ministry of AYUSH.
India has well-developed systems of traditional medicine, including medicinal plants which have potential in the global health scenario. The Government of Mauritius also has a long history of traditional medicine in common with India. Both countries share a common culture with respect to the Ayurvedic System of Medicine. Moreover, there are a large number of medicinal plants, particularly those found in the tropical region. These are common to the two countries given similar geo-climatic factors.
The Ministry of AYUSH as a part of its mandate to propagate Indian Systems of Medicine globally has entered into MoUs with the People’s Republic of China, Malaysia, Trinidad & Tobago, Hungary, Bangladesh and Nepal.