President Marcos Secures $4.2 Billion Investment Deals in Germany Visit

The President of the Philippines Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos and the German Chancellor (not in picture) address a joint press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, on March 12, 2024. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)
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Philippines Secures $4.2 Billion Investments During President Marcos Jr.’s Visit to Germany

During President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s visit to Germany, the Philippines has successfully secured $4.2 billion worth of investments. This significant achievement was the result of seven agreements signed between German firms and Filipino companies at the German-Philippine Business Forum.

In his speech, President Marcos emphasized the importance of Germany as a key partner in fostering strong business partnerships and collaboration, particularly in the field of renewable energy. As the European Union’s largest economy in terms of both gross domestic product and population, and a global force in technology and innovation, Germany presents immense opportunities for the Philippines.

The President expressed his gratitude for the interest shown by German companies in supporting the Philippines’ commitment to sustainability and climate resiliency through renewable energy investments. He highlighted that in 2023 alone, the country received substantial investments in renewable energy.

To further facilitate and support these investments, the Philippines has implemented various energy transition policies and investment enablers aimed at incentivizing energy efficiency. The government is also actively working on developing programs to decarbonize the economy, demonstrating its dedication to combating climate change and transitioning to cleaner energy sources.

In line with the efforts on decarbonization, the Philippines is positioning itself as a regional hub for smart and sustainable manufacturing. By attracting sustainability-driven strategic investments powered by renewable energy, the country aims to become a leader in this sector. Additionally, the Philippines recognizes the potential for collaboration with German companies in the sustainable processing of green metals, with a strong emphasis on adhering to high labor and environmental standards.

President Marcos also highlighted that the Philippines is an ideal destination for complementation in both manufacturing and services. The country takes pride in its ability to offer a conducive environment for businesses to thrive and grow.

The recent global challenges have underscored the importance of diversifying production locations and exploring alternative materials to minimize disruptions in supply chains. President Marcos emphasized the dangers of limited sourcing and the need to de-risk production by spreading it across multiple locations. This approach not only mitigates the risks associated with relying on a single country but also aligns with the global trend towards low-carbon or net-zero scenarios.

Both the Philippines and Germany share aspirations for de-risked and diversified production and market value chains. By working together, these two countries can future-proof their economies against the geopolitical uncertainties of our times.

In conclusion, President Marcos’ visit to Germany has proven to be highly successful in securing substantial investments for the Philippines. The collaboration between German and Filipino companies in renewable energy and sustainable manufacturing will contribute to the country’s commitment to sustainability, climate resiliency, and economic growth. This partnership sets a strong foundation for future cooperation and paves the way for a brighter, greener future for both nations.

Source: The Manila Times

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