Strengthening Bonds: President Marcos Jr.’s Visits to Germany and Czech Republic

HOLDING ON President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and first lady Marie Louise ‘Liza’ Araneta-Marcos arrive in Manila on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from their weeklong state visit to Germany and the Czech Republic. The Marcoses’ plane landed at the Maharlika Presidential Hangar, Villamor Airbase in Pasay. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN
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President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Strengthens Philippines’ Bonds with Germany and Czech Republic

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. returned to the Philippines on Saturday afternoon after his visits to Germany and the Czech Republic. These visits have not only enhanced cooperation between the Philippines and these two European nations but have also created opportunities for cooperation and prosperity.

Enhancing Cooperation in Peace, Development, and Trade

During his visit to Germany, President Marcos Jr. had the opportunity to meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The discussions focused on upholding the rule of law, promoting a rules-based international order, and enhancing cooperation in areas such as peace and development, defense, maritime cooperation, trade and investment, climate change, and labor.

One significant aspect of the discussions was the emphasis on clean energy and a commitment to a clean energy future. President Marcos Jr. invited German investments in green energy initiatives, highlighting the crucial role of overseas Filipino workers in Germany and their contributions to the economy and society.

Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation with the Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, President Marcos Jr. met with the heads of the Czech government, including President Petr Pavel, Prime Minister Petr Fiala, Senate President Milos? Vystrcil, and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marke?ta Pekarova? Adamova?. The discussions aimed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas such as trade and investment, defense, agriculture, renewable energy, and people-to-people exchanges.

President Marcos Jr. took the opportunity to highlight the Philippines’ remarkable economic performance and invited Czech businesses to invest in various sectors, including IT-BPM, electronics, manufacturing, food and agriculture, and automotive and electric vehicle manufacturing.

Expanding Business Ventures and Investments

The President’s visits to Germany and the Czech Republic also resulted in significant business agreements and investments. German and Czech businessmen expressed their interest in expanding their ventures to the Philippines, showcasing their confidence in the country’s potential.

During his time in Berlin, President Marcos Jr. discussed with Lufthansa Technik their expansion plan in the Philippines, which includes the construction of a second hangar in Clark. This expansion project, valued at $150 million or P8 billion, will contribute to the growth of the aviation industry in the country.

Additionally, the President extended his appreciation to Siemens for their support and confidence in Filipino talent, particularly in the field of healthcare. Siemens continues to demonstrate their commitment to capacity building by supporting the training of Filipino technical personnel in healthcare.

In the Czech Republic, President Marcos Jr. received business agreements in pivotal sectors such as semiconductors and IT-BPM. These agreements underscore the shared commitment to bilateral cooperation and facilitate exchange programs and skill development.

Conclusion

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s visits to Germany and the Czech Republic have strengthened the bonds between the Philippines and these two European nations. The discussions focused on enhancing cooperation in various areas, including peace and development, trade and investment, and clean energy initiatives.

The resulting business agreements and investments demonstrate the confidence of German and Czech businessmen in the Philippines’ potential for growth and development. These partnerships will contribute to the country’s economic progress and create opportunities for cooperation and prosperity.

Overall, President Marcos Jr.’s visits have not only strengthened bilateral relations but have also opened doors for future collaborations and mutual benefits between the Philippines, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

Source: The Manila Times

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