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ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

The Philippines and Nepal established diplomatic relations on 12 February 1960. In 2010, both countries commemorated 50 years of diplomatic relations.

The Philippines maintains friendly relations with Nepal and the rest of South Asia. It see the region as a market for Philippine products and services. The Philippine policy also aims at forging closer relations in all areas of cooperation.

The current non-resident Philippine Ambassador to Nepal is Ambassador Ma. Teresita C. Daza, who is based in New Delhi. She presented her credentials to His Excellency Ram Baran Yadav then President of Nepal on 2 September 2015 at the Rastrapati Bhawan, Kathmandu on 02 September 2015.

The current non-resident Nepalese Ambassador to the Philippines is H.E. Dr. Niranjan Man Singh Basnyat who is based in Kuala Lumpur.

The Embassy celebrated the Philippines 118th Independence Day in 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal in partnership with the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Kathmandu, headed by Philippine Honorary Consul General Suraj Vaidya. Notable attendees were Chief Guest Deputy Prime Minister C.P. Mainali and General Rajendra Chhetri, Chief of Staff of the Nepalese Army. Members of the diplomatic corps, Nepali government officials and representatives from the private and business sector also graced the occasion as well as members of the Filipino community in Kathmandu. The program featured performances of Filipino soprano artist and pianist from Manila and the Filipino community in Nepal.

On 30 March 2017, Ambassador Ma. Teresita C. Daza called on Mr. Shankar Das Bairagi, Foreign Secretary and Mr. Druga Prasad Bhandari, Division Head, South East Asia and Pacific Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and discussed ways of enhancing relations between Philippines and Nepal, including possible establishment of a regular dialogue mechanism between the two countries.

Defense Cooperation

Colonel Raymundo R. Acorda PA (MNSA) assumed as the new non-resident Defense and Armed Forces Attaché (DAFA) to Nepal on 27 October 2016 with an office at the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in New Delhi.

Colonel Acorda, upon the invitation of the Directorate General of Military Intelligence (DGMI) Nepal Army, attended the Army Day Parade on 24 February 2017 along with all the DAFAs' accredited to Nepal. The 5-day visit of DAFA officials in Nepal on 23-27 February 2017 also included meetings with Her Excellency, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Nepal military officials.

ECONOMIC RELATIONS

In 2015, Nepal ranked as the PH's 124th trading partner (out of 220), 108th export market (out of 212), and 141th import supplier (out of 201). The total bilateral trade amounted to US$1.70 M.

Philippine-Nepal Bilateral Merchandise Trade, 2014 - 2016 (in US$)

YEAR

TOTAL

EXPORTS

IMPORTS

BOT

2014

2,858,033

2,614,640

243,393

2,371,247

2015

1,703,699

1,606,549

97,150

1,509,399

2016

598

100

498

(398)

Philippine Top Commodity Exports to NP, 2015

(Value in US$, Share in Percent)

NO

DESCRIPTION

VALUE

SHARE

TOTAL EXPORTS TO NEPAL      

1,606,549

100.00

1

Fowls of the species Gallus domesticus, live, weighing not more than 185 grams for breeding

544,907

33.92

2

Millstones and grindstones for milling grinding or pulping

331,153

20.61

3

Other beauty or make-up preparations and preparations for the care of the skin (other than medicaments)

244,089

15.19

4

Other parts suitable

102,058

6.35

TOTAL IMPORTS TO NEPAL      

97,150

100.00

1

Personal and household effects of travelers and immigrants

7,299

7.51

2

Rubberized textile fabrics, other than those of heading No. 59.02, n.e.s.

859

0.88

3

Buttons of other materials

653

0.67

4

Container other than cans which are to be closed by soldering or crimping, of a capacity of less than 50 liters, of iron or steel

231

0.24

5

Gifts, donations and articles for relief, educational, scientific and charitable purposes

209

0.21

Based on the 2004 Philippine Standard Commodity Classification (PSCC04) groupings at 6 digits.

A milestone in economic cooperation was achieved in the 2015 with the establishment of the Nepal-Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NPCCI) on 03 March 2015 through the efforts of then Trade Counselor John Paul Iñigo and Philippine Honorary Consul General Suraj Vaidya.

For the period 2010 - 2015, the only Investment Promotion Agencies (IPA)-approved investments from Nepal was recorded in 2010, amounting to PhP0.63 M (US$0.01 M), intended for administrative and support service activities.

Priority sectors for investment promotion to Nepal include education services, portfolio investments in stock market/real estate for high net worth individuals and investments in retails trade (import/export)

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.

Philippines-Nepal relations came into focus in 2015 as a result of a devastating earthquake that struck Kathmandu in April and subsequent developments in the country.

Philippine attention towards Nepal centered on the protection of its nationals, and on how to contribute to the rebuilding of the nation that was on the verge of economic collapse induced by the earthquake and the subsequent economic blockade.

In response to the earthquake, the Philippine Embassy in New Delhi sent two (2) crisis management teams to assist Filipino nationals affected by the disaster. The Philippine government likewise sent a team from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to help in the rescue operations and in the provision of medical services to the people of Nepal. The Philippine government also contributed to the Nepal Relief Fund the amount of Rs 12, 964,633.77 to aid in the rehabilitation of the country.

People-to-people exchanges between the Philippines and Nepal remain minimal. However, in recent years, Nepali students have been choosing the Philippines as destination for tertiary education.

FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN NEPAL

As of March 2017, the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Kathmandu estimated that there are approximately 200 Filipinos living in Nepal, including professionals, skilled workers, volunteers, missionaries or spouses of Nepalese or other nationals.

NEPALESE COMMUNITY IN THE PHILIPPINES

Based on the records of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Kathmandu, Nepal, there are about 127 Nepalese nationals studying in the Philippines in 2016, particularly in the medical field. The figure also includes government officials and technical experts undergoing training in the Philippines.

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