Philippines, Thailand eye stronger ties; sign three bilateral agreements


BANGKOK: President Rodrigo Duterte and Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha witnessed the signing of documents between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Thailand to enhance cooperation in the field of Science and Technology. The two heads of state also signed the agreement on ‘implementing Program on Tourism Cooperation 2017-2022 between the Department of Tourism of the Philippines and the ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand’, according to the Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) official Facebook page.

Duterte and Chan-o-cha’s meeting at  the Santi Maitri Building, Government House in Bangkok on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 also paved the way for the signing of the ‘implementing arrangement on Specific Areas of Cooperation between the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on the Kingdom of Thailand and the DA – Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) of the Republic of the Philippines on Swamp and Dairy Buffalo Production’.

President Duterte and Prime Minister Chan-o-cha deliver their statements in a joint press conference right after  their bilateral meeting and signing ceremony.

In his statement, President Duterte affirmed the long standing friendship between Thailand and the Philippines. “Today is a new chapter of the shared history between our nations and peoples. We affirm a long standing friendship with common commitment to bring our countries and peoples closer in greater cooperation,” he said.

“With formal diplomatic relations for 67 years, we have proven a record of collaboration. We can and should rightfully strive to achieve more.”

Duterte also expressed high hopes for more investments coming from Thailand citing that the Philippines and Thailand have vibrant economic relations with a trade value of nine billion in 2016.

Recognizing Thailand’s significant advances in the field, President Duterte also pushed  for “greater cooperation in the best practices of agriculture – irrigation, artificial rain, livestock and fisheries and the application of technology in soil and water conservation”.

President Duterte together with the rest of the Philippine delegation is also scheduled to meet the members of the Filipino community on Wednesday, March 22 at the Royal Thai Navy Hall.

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