SCO’s First International Conference & Expo on Traditional Medicine inaugurated by Sarbananda Sonowal
- More than 150 international delegates from 17 countries of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to participate in the Summit
- ‘The conference and expo intend to bring increased awareness, best practices, understanding of the regulatory provisions among SCO countries’: Sarbananda Sonowal
- Delegates from Armenia, Bahrain, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, UAE & Uzbekistan are attending the conference in person
Guwahati: Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the first ‘B2B Global Conference & Expo on Traditional Medicine under Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)’ at Guwahati today. More than 150 delegates from 17 countries are attending this four-day international summit here. Union Minister also inaugurated the B2B expo today.
The inaugural session of the SCO conference was also attended by the Union Minister of State for Ayush and Women & Child Development, Dr Mahendrabhai Munjpara; His Excellency Union Minister of Health, Govt of Myanmar, Dr Thet Khaing Win; His Excellency Deputy Minister of Health, Govt of Maldives, Safiyya Mohamed Saeed and Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha among others.
The Union Minister further added, “Our food and diet have a major role in maintaining our physical as well as mental health. Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine have led to a high focus on specific health benefits of various food items and their recipes in treating minor health issues as well as supplementing the therapies provided to treat various diseases. Millets play a major role in providing necessary minerals, fibres, and other ingredients to the body in bio-available form.
Speaking about India’s commitment to the promotion of traditional medicine, the Union Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, India remains invested deeply to revive the traditional medicinal practices with a rich heritage of patient care for thousands of years. The establishment of the WHO Global Centre of Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar, India is a step in this direction. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi at the SCO summit at Samarkhand on Sep 16, 2022 has remarked that India will take the initiative for a new SCO Working Group on Traditional Medicine. Our effort through this august conference and expo is another attempt to work collectively to rejuvenate the proven & rich properties of traditional medicinal practices. With your support & discussions here, we hope & believe that the results will be taken forward to further the reach of traditional medicine in the world for the betterment of humanity.”
The B2B Conference & Expo on Traditional Medicine under SCO is being held from March 2 to 5, 2023 at Guwahati, Assam. The Conference and Expo will provide an opportunity for regulators, industries and business leaders in all the SCO and partner countries to deliberate on various aspects of Traditional Medicine aspects such as products, services, education, skill development, cosmetics, Herbal extracts and further deepen the trade and friendship among each other in the area of Traditional medicine and allied ﬁeld. More than 150 delegates from 17 countries including India are participating in this event, which includes high-level delegates such as Health Ministers, official delegates, and foreign buyers from SCO & partner countries. A total of 75 foreign officials and business delegates from 13 countries have confirmed their participation in physical mode. Official delegates from China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan will be joining online.
The conference will witness many interesting sessions like ‘Regulatory Framework for Traditional Medicine Products’, with detailed presentations by Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and India. The discussion is aimed at understanding trade patterns as well as market scenarios from Pharma & drug manufacturers’ points of view. It is also likely that the showcase of products of native importance and popularity, the opportunity for trade, and discussion on innovation will foster an environment for deeper cooperation and economic partnerships with wider market access among the SCO countries.