India regarded as pharmacy of world
PM Narendra Modi on Monday spoke at NAM (Non-Aligned Movement Summit) via video-conferencing where he said “India is regarded as the pharmacy of the world, especially for affordable medicines”.
He added, “despite our own needs, we have ensured medical supplies to 123 partner countries, including NAM members.
The NAM comprises 120 developing nations from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
PM Modi added that to counter COVID-19, India has promoted coordination in its immediate neighborhoods and is organizing online training to share its medical expertise with many other countries.
COVID-19 has shown us the limitation of existing international system. In the post COVID-19 world, we need a new template of globalization based on fairness, equality and humanity. We need international institutions that are more representative of today’s world, he concluded.
The NAM summit, notably, was called for and chaired by Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, who is currently chairperson of the NAM.
The summit was officially called “We Stand Together Against COVID-19”.
This was, notably, PM Modis’s first participation at an NAM summit as he had skipped the same in both 2016 – Venezuela and 2019 – Azerbaijan, thus becoming the first Indian PM to give the summit a miss.