Agreement Signed Between India and Peru on Cooperation in the Field of Medicinal Plants (Download PDF)


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An agreement between the National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, and the National Institute of Health, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Peru was signed on August 28,2019 for cooperation in the field of medicinal plants. This agreement is expected to enhance the bilateral cooperation between the two sides in the area of medicinal plants.

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  • In terms of biodiversity, India is one of the richest countries in the world. More than 7,000 species of plants with medicinal usage are found here.

  • The traditional medicines include Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH System of Medicine).

  • According to Ministry of Ayush the financial resources necessary for conducting research, training courses will be met from the existing allocated budget. This also includes existing plan schemes of the National Medicinal Plants Board.

  • The Republic of Peru is one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world with rich biodiversity of medicinal plants. These medicinal plants based traditional medicine practices are being practiced by the indigenous people.

Ministry of Ayush

  • It is a governmental body formed with the purpose of developing, educating and researching in the field of alternative medicine.

  • This ministry runs various healthcare programmes with the primary aim at the rural population.

  • To set up Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), the Ministry of Ayush has collaborated with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). This includes traditional knowledge on Indian systems of medicines such as Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Yoga.

India Peru Relations

  • Both the countries established diplomatic relations on 26 March 1963.

  • India has been consistently supported by Peru for the candidature of the former in the United Nations Security Council apart from supporting India in the Kashmir dispute.

  • The expansion of trade in pharmaceuticals and IT sector is being focused upon between both the countries since the third round of discussions planned for August 2018.

  • The bilateral trade between India and Peru grew rapidly in the late 2000s and early 2010s rising from US $250 million in 2007 to $1.128 billion by 2012.

  • A number of Indian companies have invested in Peru’s mining sector including iron ore, manganese, phosphate and gold.

  • Both the countries signed an agreement on defence cooperation and prevention of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in October 2013. Peru can now send its military personnel to India for training.

  • The Indo-Peruvian Friendship Association a civil organization aims at promoting friendship between both the countries to expand Peruvian culture and the Spanish language in India. This also includes cultural exchanges of professors and students of both countries

- Published/Last Modified on: September 27, 2019

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