India plans to penetrate jeepney manufacturing and electronics manufacturing industries in the Philippines.
At a recent virtual courtesy call, India Ambassador to the Philippines Shambhu Kumaran and Philippine Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez discussed the necessary steps to create more market opportunities and improve bilateral trade relations between the two countries.
Secretary Lopez shared with the Indian ambassador the recently passed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act, which offers market potential to Indian manufacturing companies who plan to pursue business in the Philippines. The two officials also talked about the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement and how the Philippines can be a gateway for India to participate in the massive regional trade agreement. India had decided to decline membership in the RCEP agreement discussions. The Philippines–India Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA)—which is still in the pipeline—was also brought up in the meeting as a means to capitalize on each other’s complementarities in terms of industrial strengths and resource endowments.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Kumaran shared India’s plans to penetrate jeepney manufacturing and electronics manufacturing industries in the Philippines. He stated that India is also interested to learn about geothermal energy from the Philippines as part of its objectives to further renewable energy trade plans.
Following the outcomes of the discussion in the 13th Philippines–India Joint Working Group on Trade and Investments (JWGTI) held on 17 September 2020, the two countries are committed to expanding their partnership in areas of agribusiness, electronics, infrastructure, renewable energy, and manufacturing, among others.