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Guwahati, 2 March : 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)’ here on March 2. More than 150 delegates from 17 countries are attending in this first of its kind four day international summit here. Union Minister also inaugurated the B2B expo today.
Earlier, speaking at the curtain raiser press conference yesterday, the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to greet the Health Ministers, experts, officials, Business delegates from different SCO countries as well as from India for joining this important B 2 B conference and Expo on Traditional Medicine organized by Ministry of Ayush under India’s Presidency of SCO Council of Heads of State 2023. This is a very important initiative where we have found a common ground to work out a possible framework to further the rich usage of traditional medicine for the enrichment of human lives and improve the quality of living for people around the world. There is no denying the fact that the rich heritage of traditional medicine has proven boon for patient care for centuries. This rich wisdom of ours must be honed and adapted for wider usage. Our collective strength through our rich heritage of traditional medicine can elevate the patient care to a new level. With systematic and scientific adaptation of the best practices of traditional medicine along with modern medicine, it is a wonderful initiative for the betterment of humanity.”
The inaugural session of the SCO conference today 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 B2B conference will witness detailed presentation and deliberations from SCO and partner Countries on Regulatory Framework for Traditional Medicine Products and practices including Pharmacopoeia, Quality assurance and Research, Herbal extracts, Nutraceuticals, etc from Manufacturers and Suppliers of SCO & Partner Countries and Government interventions to promote Traditional medicine in them. Sessions are also planned like ‘Know your buyer’ and ‘B2B meetings’ for discussing on specific product-wise, export & import opportunities and for deeper economic partnerships with increased market access across SCO countries. The Expo on Traditional Medicine on the sidelines of the SCO event is aimed at opening up trade opportunities in traditional medicine amongst SCO & partner countries. The Ayush industry as well as Foreign Traditional Medicine industries/exporters/importers will be showcasing their products and services in the Expo.