- PM inaugurates Global AYUSH Investment and Innovation Summit in Gandhinagar
- The DG WHO commends the Prime Minister and Indian government for harnessing the power of innovation in public health.
- “Your championship will significantly change the use of traditional medicine,” DG told the PM
- PM gives a Gujarati name ‘Tulsi Bhai’ to Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus
- “The potential for investment and innovation in the field of AYUSH is unlimited”
- “The AYUSH sector has grown from over $ 3 billion in 2014 to over $ 18 billion”
- “India is a treasure trove of herbal plants, in a way it is our ‘green gold'”
- “Over the last few years, 50+ MoUs have been formalized with various countries. Our AYUSH experts are developing ISO standards in collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Standards. This will open up a huge export market in 150+ countries for AYUSH.
- “FSSAI’s ‘Ayush Ahar’ will greatly facilitate manufacturers of herbal nutritional supplements”
- “Special AYUSH mark will give people around the world confidence in quality AYUSH products”
- “Government will develop a network of AYUSH parks to promote the promotion, research and production of AYUSH products across the country.”
- “India is going to introduce a special AYUSH visa series to facilitate people to travel to India for AYUSH treatment”
- “The main reason behind the prosperity of Ayurveda is its open source model”
- “Amrit Kaal of the next 25 years will be the golden age of traditional medicine”
April 20, 2022: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Global AYUSH Investment and Innovation Summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister of Mauritius Shri Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization (WHO) was present.
Union Ministers Dr Mansukh Mandavia, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Shri Munjapara Mahendrabhai and Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel were present.
The three-day summit will feature 5 full sessions, 8 round tables, 6 workshops and 2 symposiums with the presence of about 90 distinguished speakers and 100 exhibitors.
The summit will help unleash investment potential and promote innovation, research and development, the start-up ecosystem and the wellness industry.
It will help bring industry leaders, scholars and scholars together and act as a platform for future collaboration.
Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus expressed happiness at being present in Mahatma Gandhi’s state and country, which he described as ‘the pride of the world’.
He said that the Indian philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ was the driving force behind the inauguration of WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Jamnagar yesterday.
He said the establishment of the center was historic and would prove to be a game changer. He informed that the center is designed as an engine of innovation to drive the agenda of evidence, data and durability and optimization of the use of traditional medicine.
The DG commended the Prime Minister and the Government of India for harnessing the power of innovation in public health.
He praised the use of data and integrated information sharing system in Indian hospitals. He commended the Ministry of AYUSH for promoting the spirit of data collection for research in traditional medicine.
Noting the growing global demand and investment in AYUSH products, the DG said that the whole world is coming to India and India is going to the whole world.
He emphasized the need to focus on long-term investments in ecosystems, in general health and traditional medicine in particular;
The development of environmentally sustainable and equally traditional medicines by innovators, industry and government, and the protection of the interests of the communities developing these traditions, should also benefit when these medicines are brought to market, including the fruits of intellectual property.
The DG concluded by thanking the Prime Minister. “Thank you very much for making this important initiative a champion.
I believe that not only the Center but your champions will make a significant difference in the use of traditional medicine, ”DG WHO told Prime Minister Modi.
He also lauded the commitment of the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Shri Pravind Kumar Jugnath, towards traditional medicine.
He also noted the happy coincidence of WHO turning 75 in the year of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Shri Pravind Kumar Jugnauth praised India and Gujarat for their contribution in the field of traditional medicine. He also noted India’s support for healthcare in his country.
Noting the common ancestry with India, the Prime Minister of Mauritius emphasized the importance given to Ayurveda in his country.
He informed about the establishment of Ayurvedic Hospital in Mauritius and thanked India for donating traditional medicines during the first lockdown. “It simply came to our notice then Many signs of unity for which we are always grateful to the Government of India and especially to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji ”, said Shri Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the idea of Global AYUSH Investment and Innovation Summit came to him at a time of epidemics when AYUSH provided strong support to improve people’s immunity and saw an increase in interest in AYUSH products and demand to meet the epidemic.
Recalling the Indian efforts, the Prime Minister noted the promise made by the modern pharmaceutical companies and vaccine manufacturers if they get the investment at the right time. “Who would have thought that we could develop a corona vaccine so soon?”, He asked.
Describing the progress made by the AYUSH sector, the Prime Minister said, “We are already seeing unprecedented growth in the production of AYUSH medicines, supplements and cosmetics.
In 2014, where the AYUSH sector was less than $ 3 billion, today it has grown to more than $ 18 billion.
“He said that the Ministry of AYUSH has taken several big steps to promote startup culture in the field of traditional medicine.
Developed Incubation Center has been inaugurated, informed Shri Modi. Describing the current era, the era of Unicorn, the Prime Minister informed that 14 start-ups from India have joined Unicorn Club so far in the year 2022.
“I am sure that our AYUSH Start-ups will come out of the ups very soon “, he hoped. Noting that the production of medicinal plants can be a good way to increase farmers’ income and livelihood and increase employment generation, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance of facilitating market connectivity for the farmers involved.
The government is also working on modernization and expansion of AYUSH e-Marketplace for this purpose, he said. In. “India is a treasure trove of herbal plants, in a way it is our ‘green gold’,” he said.
Shri Narendra Modi also informed that FSSAI last week announced a new series called ‘AYUSH AHAR’ in its regulations.
This will greatly facilitate the manufacturers of herbal nutritional supplements. Similarly, India is also going to make a special AYUSH symbol. This mark will be applied to the highest quality AYUSH products made in India.
This AYUSH sign will be equipped with the provisions of modern technology. “This will give people around the world confidence in quality AYUSH products,” he added.
The Prime Minister announced that the government would develop a network of AYUSH Parks to promote the promotion, research and production of AYUSH products across the country. These AYUSH parks will give a new direction to AYUSH production in India, said Shri Narendra Modi.
Continuing the potential of traditional medicine, the Prime Minister noted the role of traditional medicine in boosting tourism in Kerala.
“This potential is in every corner of India. ‘Heel in India’ could be the biggest brand of this decade. Wellness centers based on Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha etc. can be very popular, he said.
To further this, the Prime Minister continued, the government is taking another initiative for foreign nationals seeking to come to India to take advantage of AYUSH treatment. “Very soon, India is going to introduce a special AYUSH visa series. This will enable people to travel to India for AYUSH treatment” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister also shared the story of Ayurveda’s success in regaining sight after the life of Rosemary Odinga, daughter of former Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga.
Rosemary Odinga was present in the audience and was introduced to the Prime Minister as the meeting greeted her with a round of applause.
He further said that 21st Century India wants to move forward by sharing its experiences and knowledge with the world. “Our heritage is the same for all of humanity,” he said.
The Prime Minister emphasized that one of the main reasons behind the prosperity of Ayurveda is its open source model.
Comparing it with the open-source movement in the IT sector, the Prime Minister emphasized that the Ayurveda tradition has become stronger through the exchange of knowledge.
He emphasized the need to work with the same spirit of open source, taking inspiration from our ancestors. He hopes that nectar will come in the next 25 years.
The Prime Minister’s address ended on a very personal and interesting note. Describing Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus’ love for India and his respect for his Indian teachers and his affection for Gujarat, Shri Modi gave him the Gujarati name ‘Tulsibhai’.
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He explained to the audience the auspicious and exquisite status of Tulsi in the Indian tradition and thanked him and the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Shri Pravind Kumar Jugnauth for a shining DG, WHO and his presence.