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OVERVIEW OF RELATIONS PHILIPPINES-NEPAL

   
ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

The Philippines and Nepal established diplomatic relations on 12 February 1960. The year 2010 is very significant as both countries commemorate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

Aware of the political, economic and security developments in the South Asian region, the Philippines continues to maintain friendly relations with Nepal and the other South Asian countries.

The overall objective in maintaining friendly relations with Nepal and the rest of South Asia (particularly India) is the region's potential as a market for Philippine products and services. This is also guided by the Philippines' policy forging closer relations with other developing countries in all areas of cooperation.

The current non-resident Philippine Ambassador to Nepal is Ambassador Ronald B. Allarey, who is based in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, the current non-resident Nepalese Ambassador to the Philippines is Dr. Rishi Raj Adhikari, who is based in Kuala Lumpur.

ECONOMIC RELATIONS

In 2009, Philippine exports to Nepal amounted to USD 465,917, mainly in consumer goods (cosmetics and personal care items, giftware, processed food) and iron and steel manufactures. On the other hand, Nepalese exports to the Philippines amounted to US$897,009, mainly in plastic-based packaging products, special transactions and processed food. Clearly, there is a lot of room for an increase in bilateral trade.

MUTUAL EXCHANGES

The absence of any bilateral agreement between the Philippines and Nepal has not hindered the continuous flow of people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, such as exchanges of students and professionals.

The Philippine Civil Service Commission assists officials from the Ministry of General Administration of Nepal in conducting study tours to observe the implementation of e-governance services in the Philippines. These tours are expected to facilitate planned structural and institutional reform in the Nepalese civil service.

The Philippines' ongoing peace process and its lessons have been offered to Nepal. In November 2008, for example, OPAPP Undersecretary Pedro Cesar Ramboanga Jr. participated as a resource speaker in an experts' forum sponsored by the Asia Foundation in Kathmandu.

After his presentation of credentials to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Nepalese Ambassador Dr. Rishi Raj Adhikari paid a courtesy call on former OPAPP Secretary Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr.

FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN NEPAL

As of March 2011, there are approximately 300 Filipinos living in Nepal. They are either professionals, skilled workers, volunteers, missionaries or spouses of Nepalese or other nationals.

Nepalese Community in the Philippines

As of 2011, about 500 Nepalese nationals are studying in the Philippines, particularly in the medical field as well as government officials and technical experts.