In India the medical value travel (MVT) industry has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments of Indian tourism industry. According to a FICCI-IMS report, more than 500,000 foreign patients seek treatment in India each year, making it a key medical tourism destination in Asia. The Indian medical tourism industry gets maximum patients for heart surgery, knee transplant, cosmetic surgery and dental care, as the cost of treatment here is considered the lowest in Asia, much lower than Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
One of the countries that had befitted from growth of organised MVT in India is Turkmenistan, emerged as Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan calls on the Vice President of India in New Delhi on 14 August 2017.
“The present trade between India and Turkmenistan is at USD 100 million which is below potential, and India is keen to improve bilateral trade. He further said that India has a stable and affective government and Turkmenistan is rich for its natural resources and both should go hand-in-hand for the benefit of the two nations. India has been the Healthcare destination for several countries including Turkmenistan, and get maximum benefit out of it,” said Vice
President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu, when the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov called on the Vice President of India at the Hyderabad House, where officials and representatives from both countries were also present and both pledged for improvement of bilateral relations.
The Vice President thanked the Turkmenistan government for adopting Yoga. Ancient Indian science of Yoga and its practice is very useful for curing many diseases and health disorders. Recently, India’s soft power had recently mesmerised the world at the 3rd International Day of Yoga after UN had declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga on initiative of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
As part of the initiative to build further ties between India and Turkmenistan, Meredov also met with the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge), Dharmendra Pradhan and other dignitaries as part of is official visit to India.