THE PHILIPPINES PARTICIPATES IN THE 2nd ASEAN-INDIA WORKSHOP ON BLUE ECONOMY NEW DELHI, 18 JULY 2018
18 July 2018 – The Philippine delegation headed by Senior Official H.E. Maria Hellen B. de la Vega, Assistant Secretary of the Office of ASEAN Affairs together with Ambassador Ma. Teresita C. Daza, OPhilDAFA Attaché Raymundo R. Acorda and other Embassy Officials and Staff attended the 2nd ASEAN-India Workshop on Blue Economy which was held at Nilgiri Hall, The Oberoi, New Delhi on 18 July 2018.
Indian Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (East) Preeti Saran delivered the keynote address at the Inaugural Session where she noted that the oceans hold the key to the fortunes of the fast evolving global order. The Secretary further stated that India’s cooperation with ASEAN in the maritime domain will be a "key facilitator" for the growth and development of the Indo-Pacific region.
The Workshop on Blue Economy was divided into four (4) sessions aimed at facilitating an in-depth discussion on Blue Economy to identify the specific areas where ASEAN and India can cooperate. The four sessions include: Maritime Safety and Diplomacy, and Blue Economy (Session 1); Technology Aid of Blue Economy (Session II); Development of Blue Economy (Session III); and Blue Economy and Maritime Connectivity (Session IV).
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the Viet Nam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with the ASEAN-India Center (AIC) at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) in Jakarta and the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) organized the 2nd ASEAN-India Workshop on Blue Economy.
18 July 2018- The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted an outbound business matching mission in New Delhi on 16-21 July 2018. The mission aimed to explore business opportunities, link Philippine exporters to potential business partners and strengthen trade relations between the Philippines and India.
The mission had meetings and business matching sessions with India’s major chambers of commerce including the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and the Punjab Haryana Delhi Chamber of Commerce (PHD Chamber of Commerce). Deputy Chief of Mission Arvin de Leon delivered brief remarks focusing on the growing opportunities in the Philippine economy and the need for more investors in identified sectors in said events.
The mission was led by Assistant Director Agnes R. Legaspi of the Export Marketing Bureau and Commercial Attaché Jeremiah C. Reyes of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in New Delhi, India.
The Philippines-India Air Consultation Talks was held in Manila on 11-12 July 2018 to discuss the updating and modernizing of the Philippines-India Air Services Agreement, the expansion of air traffic rights as well as the capacity for the designated airlines of both countries, among others.
The Philippine team was led by Department of Transportation Undersecretary Manuel Antonio L. Tamayo together with representatives from Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism, Civil Aeronautics Board, and Department of Foreign Affairs. The Indian side was led by Ministry of Civil Aviation Joint Secretary Dr. Shefali Juneja. She was accompanied by representatives from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Representatives from various airlines from the Philippines and India such as the Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Philippines Air Asia, Pal Express, Air India, Jet Airways, and Indigo also participated in the Air Consultation Talks, as observers.
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