The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme was launched on 15th September, 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance of the Government of India. It is the flagship programme of the Indian Goverment’s technical cooperation effort, not only because of its wide geographical coverage but also for innovative forms of technical cooperation. Being essentially bilateral in nature, ITEC is about cooperation and partnership for mutual benefit. It is demand-driven and response-oriented. It is focused on addressing the needs of developing countries.
Under ITEC and its corollary SCAAP (Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme), 158 countries in Asia & the Pacific, Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean and East & Central Europe are invited to share in the Indian development experience, acquired since its Independence. It has six components, viz. (i) Training (civilian and defence) in India of nominees from ITEC partner countries; (ii) Projects and project related activities such as feasibility studies and consultancy services; (iii) Deputation of Indian experts abroad; (iv) Study tours; (v) Gifting/Donation of equipment; and (vi) Aid for Disaster Relief. The training programmes have contributed to capacity building and human resource development in many parts of the world. The ITEC/SCAAP programme is a visible symbol of India’s role and contribution to South-South Cooperation.
Government of India, in an effort to contribute to capacity building in Guatemala, set up an IT Training Center in San Carlos University in August 2006. Tata Communications Services (TCS) ran this IT Center till July 2008, training about 1,500 Guatemalans, before in was handed over to the Guatemalans.
An Indian donation of US$50,000 worth of medicines was given following Hurricane Stan in October 2005. India donated 36 Bajaj three-wheelers in October 2005, and in November 2009, responding to Guatemala Government´s food insecurity declaration, India has provided assistance of US$250,000.
In response to the need for reconstruction and relief required to overcome the damages caused by the earthquake on 07.11.2012 and also in pursuance of strengthening the close ties between India and Guatemala, Government of India offered a financial assistance of US Dollar 100,000 as disaster relief to Guatemala. At a ceremony held for this at National Palace 3rd May 2013, H.E. Mr. S. Bhattacharjee, Ambassador of India to Guatemala, handed a symbolic cheque to HE Licenciada Roxana Baldetti, Vice President of Republic of Guatemala.