Nepal, Philippines need to work together to seize huge potentials of mutually beneficial cooperation: Ambassador Bagatsing Jr

Published On: May 28, 2022 11:14 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 28: Ambassador of Philippines to Nepal Ramon S Bagatsing, Jr has said that both Nepal and Philippines need to work together to seize immense potentials of mutually beneficial cooperation that exist between the two countries. 

Ambassador Bagatsing Jr said that direct air-connectivity, enhanced people to people contacts and trade and investment were key to further strengthen the bilateral relations. Arguing that tourism could be one of the important areas of cooperation between the countries, the ambassador said that he is working closely with Nepali side to seize this opportunity.

Ambassador Bagatsing Jr along with his team arrived in Nepal to conduct a one-day passport renewal campaign for those Filipinos who were not able to renew their passport and those parents who were not able to renew or apply for their children due to COVID-19 pandemic. He is also scheduled to hold meetings with senior government officials including the Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Minister for Commerce and Supplies and Minister for Industries to discuss ways to further enhance cooperation between the two countries. 

Consul General of the Republic of Philippines to Nepal Suraj Vaidya argued that it is good to focus on tourism promotion as the two countries are uniquely positioned to cater to the needs of tourists from each other's country. While Nepal has the world's highest mountains, the Philippines boasts of having world's famous beaches and other tourist attractions.

Also addressing the function, President of Nepal-Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industries Shova Gyawali said that computer parts, cosmetics and skin care items of the Philippines also provide huge opportunities of trade and investment in Nepal. "The Philippines has been one of the popular destinations of Nepali students.  There are around 300,000 Nepali students who are currently studying abroad. Much needs to be done to make the Philippines a prime destination for Nepalese students as the Philippines shares only a small portion of that pie till date," she said.

President Gyawali also expressed confidence that event of this nature could help explore areas of cooperation between the two countries. "We can work on a number of areas including education, tourism, trade and agriculture for the benefit of both the countries," she said.

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