India, Macedonia enter deal in health cooperation

India’s Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has ratified the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Governments of India and Macedonia on cooperation in the field of health

February 28, 2018

The agreement covers collaboration in capacity building and short term training of human resources; exchange and training of doctors and other health professionals and experts.

Cooperation to also target development of healthcare facilities; A working group will soon be set up to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation.

India and Macedonia, the birthplace of St Mother Teresa, share strong trade and cultural ties that have been boosted in the recent times with successive high-profile bilateral visits.

The countries have explored cooperation in the agriculture, health and service sectors; Indian companies have explored opportunities in steel, textile, dairy and agriculture sectors.

India’s Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has ratified the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Governments of India and Macedonia on cooperation in the field of health. The agreement covers collaboration in capacity building and short term training of human resources; exchange and training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals and experts; assistance in development of human resources and setting up of health care facilities; as well as any other area of cooperation as may be mutually decided upon. A working group will soon be set up to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation.

India and Macedonia share a strong trade and cultural relationship which has been boosted in the recent times with successive high-profile bilateral visits. The countries established Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement in 2008. Following which there have been agreements related to economic and trade cooperation, cooperation in culture and sports, cooperation in combating international terrorism, crime and illicit drug trafficking. The countries have also explored cooperation in the agriculture, health education and in-service training in areas of mutual interest and expertise. Indian companies have explored opportunities in steel, textile, dairy and agriculture sectors.

While bilateral trade has been limited thus far, recorded at around US$39 million in financial year 2016-17, it has been steadily growing. Main items of Indian exports to Macedonia include oil and petroleum products, agricultural and forestry machineries, tobacco, coffee, sesame seeds; cotton products, medicaments, metal plates and sheets. Meanwhile main items of Macedonian exports to India include ferro-alloys, marble and travertine, electrical machinery and equipment and plastics. Macedonia, the birthplace of St Mother Teresa, has also shown interest to invest in the state of West Bengal. Mother Teresa’s philanthropic work in the Indian city had inspired generations across the world.

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