P.M will be in Manila on a three-day visit starting 12th November. This will be P.M’s first bilateral visit to the Philippines
P.M’s to participate in: P.M will participate in the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits,Special Celebrations of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders' Meeting and ASEAN Business and Investment Summit. P.M shall also visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Mahavir Philippines Foundation Inc. (MPFI).
Objective: India participation in them symbolises India's commitment to continue deepening relationship with the ASEAN Member States, in particular, and with the Indo-Pacific region, in general, within the framework of Indian Government's Act East Policy.
Context: India government approved a proposal for IRRI to set up its South Asia Regional Centre at Varanasi. This will be the first Research Centre by IRRI outside its headquarters in the Philippines.
Mahavir Philippines Foundation Inc. (MPFI) is popular for designing of "Jaipur Foot" among the needy amputees.
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