Looking forward and implementing learnings of competency trainings

GIZ’s Strengthening Capacities for International Cooperation (CICM) Programme organised the Valedictory Session of the second cycle of the “Action Learning and Exposure Programme”. The session came at the end of the fifth and final module of training and marked the conclusion of the second training cycle offered jointly by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in the Ministry of Finance and the CICM Programme of BMZ implemented by GIZ. The event, held on July 21, 2015, saw the participation of key stakeholders of Indo-German Development Cooperation.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary in the DEA, thanked the German partner, Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), for commissioning the programme to enhance competencies of public officials from across India engaged in international cooperation work. He invited the participants to apply their new competencies for improved effectiveness in the workplace.

Mr. Selvakumar also thanked GIZ for creating an opportunity within the training modules to give the participants first-hand knowledge about work at field level. Mr. Selvakumar called on GIZ to quickly launch the third cycle of ALEP, for which his department would circulate the call for nominations from the central and state governments including certain public undertakings.

Mr. Heiko Warnken, the Head of Economic Cooperation and Development in the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in India, in his address, remarked that it was “touching to hear the participants presenting so passionately their key learning and experiences through the ALEP journey.” Looking ahead, he said that Germany and India will be working as partners in international cooperation, and both countries will share equal responsibility in moving towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Both Germany and India learn a lot from each other and in that spirit, he emphasised on project visits within the training modules. He felt that there is a need to visit the project areas for collaborators from both sides to get insights into the challenges and environment of implementing cooperation projects.

(In the photo : ALEP participant Ms. Madhavi with Mr. S.Selvakumar and Mr. Heiko Warnken)