In a report from the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in New Delhi, India, the Nepal Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industries (NPCCI) was recently launched at the Philippine Honorary Consulate General Offices in Kathmandu, Nepal.

“Our commercial post in New Delhi has been steadfast in helping forge closer the relations between Philippines and Nepal, particularly on cooperation in business,” Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. said.

Undersecretary Manalo noted that the Department’s aim is to strengthen the Philippines’ commercial relations with Nepal and the other South Asian countries given that the region has potential as a market for Philippine products and services.

The PTIC in New Delhi supports the country's trade and investment interests in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Together with Philippine Consul General ad Honorem Suraj Vaidya, PTIC-New Delhi Commercial Counselor John Paul B. Iňigo congratulated NPCCI officers and members for their resolve to strengthen bilateral business ties between the Philippines and Nepal.

“A brainchild of Vaidya, the organization aims to promote bilateral cooperation through investment, trade and technology transfer between Nepal and the Philippines,” Iňigo said.

The NPCCI is currently led by Roseline Budhathoki as president. Mesdames Blessie G. Dhakal, Salvacion P. Shakya, Luzviminda P. Thapa and Floramae Paudel are its senior vice president, junior vice president, secretary and treasurer, respectively while Marivic A. Gurung and Emma L. Pariyar are executive members.

The inaugural was a kick-off event during the visit of Commercial Counselor Iňigo to Kathmandu. He also gave a presentation on doing business with the Philippines that was attended by Nepalese businessmen.

Commercial Counselor Iňigo noted that during the event, the businessmen agreed to visit the Philippines. They are interested to buy Philippine products and display their own products in the country’s fairs like the Manila FAME, IFEX Philippines, Philconstruct, and Worldbex. (END)