Strengthened PH-Japan cooperation sought

November 15, 2021 Cristina Lee-Pisco 77 views

THE Philippine Embassy in Tokyo called for the strengthening of cooperation between the Philippines and Japan in a number of areas, including post-COVID-19 economic development, digital technology, and climate change resilience.

This was contained in the remarks made by Philippine Embassy in Japan Chargé d’Affaires Robespierre Bolivar during a policy dialogue between KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) and ASEAN Embassies in Tokyo.

Bolivar noted that the Philippines considers “ASEAN as its family and Japan as a friend closer than a brother, and these strong ties make us natural partners”.

He thanked the KEIDANREN for the recent publication of its policy paper on strengthening ASEAN-Japan cooperation and stated that the Philippines looks forward to working with the Japanese business sector in promoting ASEAN integration and connectivity.

“The areas identified by KEIDANREN on cooperation, co-creation and new growth areas converge with the Philippines’ major economic programs, specifically on infrastructure, trade and investment, climate change, disaster risk reduction and management, and digital transformation,” added Bolivar.

KEIDANREN is a comprehensive economic organization with a membership comprised of 1,444 representative companies of Japan, 109 nationwide industrial associations and regional economic organizations for all 47 prefectures.