Indo-Pak Co-operation In Healthcare Sought

New Delhi, Feb 25: | Updated: Feb 26 2004, 05:30am hrs
India is well positioned to tap the top end of the $3 trillion global healthcare industry because of the facilities and services it offers, and by leveraging the brand equity of Indian healthcare professionals across the globe.

Union minister of state for external affairs Vinod Khann said that there was tremendous potential for co-operation between India and Pakistan in the healthcare sector. The Indian government will encourage initiatives for both countries to work on a reciprocal basis and exchange doctors and co-ordinate in research programmes concerning health, he added.

He was speaking at a conference Healthcare - Destination India organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The government is also encouraging indigenous research and development and creation of human capital.

The imminent changes in Indian laws and procedures, relating to recognition of intellectual property and foreign investments, would allow global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to work in partnerships with Indian companies, Mr Khanna added.