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PMs statement prior to his departure to Philippines

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PMs statement prior to his departure to Philippines

Following is the text of the Prime Minister, Shri Modi’s departure statement prior to his visit to

“I will be in Manila on a three-day visit starting 12th November. This will be my first bilateral visit to the where I will also participate in the ASEAN-and East Summits. My participation in them symbolises India's commitment to continue deepening relationship with Member States, in particular, and with the Indo-Pacific region, in general, within the framework of my Government's Act East Policy.

Besides these Summits, I would also participate in Special Celebrations of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders' Meeting and Business and Investment Summit.

The Business and Investment Summit will boost our close cooperation to further enhance our trade ties with member-states, which constitutes a significant 10.85% of our overall trade.

During my first visit to the Philippines, I look forward to have a bilateral meeting with President of the HE Mr. Rodrigo Duterte. I will also have interactions with other and East Summit Leaders.

I also look forward to connecting with the Indian community in During my stay in Manila, I shall also visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Mahavir Foundation Inc. (MPFI).

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) through Scientific Research and Development has developed better quality of rice seed and helped the global community in addressing food scarcity issues. A large number of Indian scientists are working in IRRI and contributing to R&D in this field. My cabinet approved on 12 July 2017 a proposal for IRRI to set up its South Regional Centre at Varanasi. This will be the first Research Centre by IRRI outside its headquarters in the The Varanasi Centre would help increase farmers' income by enhancing and supporting rice productivity, reducing cost of production, value addition, diversification and enhancement of farmers' skills.

My visit to Mahavir Foundation Inc. (MPFI) will demonstrate India's support for its activities in distributing free prosthesis "Jaipur Foot" among the needy amputees. Since its establishment in 1989, MPFI has fitted nearly 15,000 amputees in the with Jaipur Foot making them capable of living a new life. of is making a modest contribution to the Foundation to support its noble humanitarian activities.

I am confident that my visit to Manila will give a new boost to India's bilateral relations with the and also further strengthen the politico-security, economic and socio-cultural pillars of our engagement with

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First Published: Sat, November 11 2017. 00:20 IST