Thailand, Philippines to sign new cooperation deals during Duterte visit

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Thailand and Philippines will ink three government-to-government deals when Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte makes his first official state visit to Bangkok from March 20 to 22, Philippine Ambassador to Thailand Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon told reporters at the first day of Duterte’s visit.

The bilateral agreements focus on the areas of science and technology, tourism and agriculture.

Aragon said the tourism agreement will bind the two countries to the joint implementation of a five-year tourism cooperation plan, an update to a 1993 deal with Thailand. She added that there could be “joint marketing promotions” for tourism in the two countries.

The science and technology agreement, meanwhile, is expected to help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the Philippines through the use of innovative applications and e-commerce, one of the priority of the Duterte administration.

For the agreement on agriculture, particularly livestock and dairy, the Philippines is expected to benefit from Thailand’s experience in developing its agricultural sector.

“This agreement is on farm and dairy buffalo production. We signed an agreement already in 2003. This is one aspect where an area of cooperation can be concluded between our Philippine carabao sector and Thailand’s agriculture department,” said Aragon

On his visit, Duterte is expected to meet with Thai business groups and Thai Chamber of Commerce representatives. On March 22, he is also set to give a speech at a gathering of around 1,900 Filipinos residing in Thailand.

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Thailand and Philippines will ink three government-to-government deals when Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte makes his first official state visit to Bangkok from March 20 to 22, Philippine Ambassador to Thailand Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon told reporters at the first day of Duterte's visit. The bilateral agreements focus on the areas of science and technology, tourism and agriculture. Aragon said the tourism agreement will bind the two countries to the joint implementation of a five-year tourism cooperation plan, an update to a 1993 deal with Thailand. She added that there could be "joint marketing promotions" for tourism in the two countries. The...

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Thailand and Philippines will ink three government-to-government deals when Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte makes his first official state visit to Bangkok from March 20 to 22, Philippine Ambassador to Thailand Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon told reporters at the first day of Duterte’s visit.

The bilateral agreements focus on the areas of science and technology, tourism and agriculture.

Aragon said the tourism agreement will bind the two countries to the joint implementation of a five-year tourism cooperation plan, an update to a 1993 deal with Thailand. She added that there could be “joint marketing promotions” for tourism in the two countries.

The science and technology agreement, meanwhile, is expected to help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the Philippines through the use of innovative applications and e-commerce, one of the priority of the Duterte administration.

For the agreement on agriculture, particularly livestock and dairy, the Philippines is expected to benefit from Thailand’s experience in developing its agricultural sector.

“This agreement is on farm and dairy buffalo production. We signed an agreement already in 2003. This is one aspect where an area of cooperation can be concluded between our Philippine carabao sector and Thailand’s agriculture department,” said Aragon

On his visit, Duterte is expected to meet with Thai business groups and Thai Chamber of Commerce representatives. On March 22, he is also set to give a speech at a gathering of around 1,900 Filipinos residing in Thailand.

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