Duterte eyes cheap medicine from In­dia

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By ALEXIS ROMERO

Pres­i­dent Duterte is eye­ing stronger trade re­la­tions with In­dia, es­pe­cially in the pur­chase of af­ford­able medicine.

Dur­ing his bi­lat­eral meet­ing with In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi late last Mon­day, Duterte ex­pressed hope that there would be In­dian in­vestors who are in­ter­ested to pro­duce cheap medicine in the Philip­pines.

“We want to dis­cuss trade re­la­tions fur­ther… I’m happy that you’re here be­cause we can’t find the medicine, and you have it,” Duterte said.

“We would (be) happy to see you build­ing an in­vest­ment that would in­clude the medicine… I’m more in­ter­ested, re­ally, in the medicine be­cause we are a poor coun­try,” he added.

Duterte said he might send his fi­nance, agri­cul­ture, trade and health sec­re­taries to In­dia to talk about ways to en­sure the avail­abil­ity of af­ford­able medicine in the Philip­pines.

Four co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments in de­fense, lo­gis­tics, agri­cul­ture and mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prises were signed be­tween the two coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to In­dian me­dia re­ports.

In the same meet­ing, Duterte praised In­dian-made Mahin­dra cars be­ing used by the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice.

“It’s the one that’s be­ing used and there are a lot of them… al­most 1,000 and (they’re) good and (they’re) be­ing used now. They are out­side, they are guard­ing this place,” the Pres­i­dent said.

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