Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today (April 19) lay the foundation stone of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Center for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth and WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus will also be present on the occasion.
According to a statement from the Aayush Ministry, the WHO World Center for Traditional Medicine, the first of its kind in the world, aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine by integrating it with technological advances and evidence-based research.
While Jamnagar will serve as the base, the new center aims to engage and benefit the world, the ministry said.
The GCTM will focus on four main strategic areas: evidence and learning; data and analytics; sustainability and equity; and innovation and technology to optimize the contribution of traditional medicine to global health.
The GCTM seeks to establish policies and standards on traditional medicine products and help countries create a comprehensive, safe and high-quality health system, the ministry said.
Besides, PM Modi will also inaugurate the AYUSH Global Investment and Innovation Summit.
The three-day summit will be held at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
The three-day summit will see 5 plenary sessions, 8 panel discussions, 6 workshops and 2 symposia, with around 90 prominent speakers and 100 exhibitors in attendance. The summit will help uncover investment potential and kickstart innovation, research and development, the start-up ecosystem and the wellness industry.
The Summit aims to increase investment and showcase innovations in the field of traditional medicine. It is a unique attempt to foster lasting partnerships, boost exports and foster a sustainable ecosystem, the ministry said.