India inks $125 m loan pact with World Bank

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The government has inked a loan agreement of $125 million with the World Bank's investment arm to fund 'Innovate in India for Inclusiveness' project.

The loan agreement was signed on Tuesday between Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, World Bank (India), an official statement said on Wednesday.

The objective of the project is to nurture indigenous innovation, foster local product development and accelerate commercialisation process, it said.

It will involve bridging critical skill and infrastructure gaps to promote affordable and innovative healthcare product generation for inclusive development and increasing competitiveness in India.

The project would support consortia of public, private, and academic institutions to overcome key market failures that are holding back development of an innovative bio-pharmaceutical and medical devices industry in the country.

The project consists of three parts - strengthening of pilot-to-market innovation ecosystem, acceleration of the pilot-to-market process for specific products, and project management, monitoring and evaluation.

The closing date of the project is 30 June, 2023.

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