Foreign Policy Watch: India-ASEAN

India, Philippines ink deals on defence, agriculture


Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional & global groupings & agreements involving India &/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: ASEAN, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Mains level: The article talks about the deals signed by India and Philippines



  1. The PM Modi’s visit to the Philippines is the first bilateral visit by an Indian PM to this Southeast Asian nation in 36 years after the visit of the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1981, though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited the Philippines in 2007 for the ASEAN summit
  2. Four agreements were signed by the two countries on the sidelines of this visit

Agreements signed between the two countries

  1. Four agreements were signed between the two countries, which covered areas of defense, agriculture, small and medium enterprises and a tie-up between think-tanks
  2. The Philippines is also committed to improving the public health system and wants Indian infrastructure companies to pitch in his flagship “build, build and build programme
  3. The idea is to have private and public enterprises to cooperate in the defense sector, including on the off-shore patrolling vessels

Other highlights of the visit

  1. The Indian PM contributed two Indian rice seed varieties to the gene bank of the international rice research center in the Philippines which he said is working towards mitigating global poverty and hunger by improving the cultivation of the key grain
  2. He also visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and interacted with several Indian scientists working there
  3. A number of scientists at IRRI briefed the PM on flood-tolerant rice varieties which, they said, can withstand 14-18 days of submergence and provide 1-3 tonnes more yield per hectare in flood-affected areas
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