Visa Crunch

India, Philippines Agree On Having A Simplified Visa Regime

In a bid to expand the business, tourism and student exchange, India and the Philippines have agreed that there is a need for a simplified visa regime between the two countries.

The Minister of External Affairs, Dr S Jaishankar, also sought the help of the Philippine government to facilitate the early return of Indian medical students to the country. The Philippines is an attractive, low-cost destination for students aspiring to study medicine.

There are close to 10,000 Indian students studying medicine in the Philippines.

Dr Jaishankar and his counterpart in the Philippines Teddy Loscin Jr discussed and agreed to further work on strengthening engagement in counter-terrorism and defence and maritime security, covering defence capabilities as well as military training and capacity building.

They also agreed to make efforts to further expand economic cooperation as well as trade and investment links in a range of areas such as agriculture, infrastructure, health and pharmaceuticals, tourism, ICT, and science & technology.

India-Philippines trade in 2018-19 has been around $2.32 billion. Exports from India to the Philippines are worth $1,743 million and imports to India from the Philippines  are worth $581 million

The two countries are cooperating in emerging areas such as fintech, blue economy, renewable energy, space, cyber security and traditional medicine.

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