Visit of delegation of National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) to Lima, Peru
Latin America especially Peru and Bolivia have rich sources of flora and fauna. The similarities in India and these two countries in terms of rich cultural heritage and diversity; interest and use of traditional medicine; availability of natural resources; cultivation of regional medicinal plants in Andean region by local communities coupled with an increasing interest in trade, investment, research and development of natural products presents a great opportunity for bilateral cooperation between India, Peru and Bolivia in the field of medicinal plants as well as traditional medicines.
Since 2016, the Embassy has invited and hosted experts of various specialties of Indian medicine and Yoga to conduct workshops on various themes at frequent intervals in Peru/Bolivia. These experts have successfully shared their experiences and sensitized medical and allied health professionals working in both public and private sector. The overwhelming participation is a testimony of the success and increasing popularity of Indian medicine and Yoga across Peru and Bolivia. These workshops were organized by Indian Cultural Centre, cultural wing of Embassy of India.
Understanding the need and role of traditional systems of medicine, Ministry of AYUSH has extended support to the efforts of the Embassy of India. In this context, a three member delegation of National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India headed by Mrs. Shomita Biswas, Chief Executive Officer, NMPB is visiting Peru to participate in India Sourcing Fair at Lima, Peru. NMPB has the primary mandate of coordinating all matters related to medicinal plants and support policies and programmes for growth of trade, export, conservation and cultivation.
The delegation will be in Lima between March 18-22, 2017 and would be interacting with key officials from EsSalud, University of San Marcos and people from the herbal medicines trade.
Lima, March 9, 2017