Aquino travelling to Canada, Japan: Philippine-Japan strategic partnership to be enhanced

President Benigno Aquino III is set to visit Canada and Japan in May and June respectively at the invitation of both countries. “Canada is the Philippines’ 21st largest trading partner, its 6th top source market for tourism, and is home to almost 700,000 Filipinos,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said today at a press briefing.

In Canada, Aquino and his counterpart Prime Minister Stephen Harper will witness several bilateral agreements including labor cooperation, development assistance, and infrastructure development. President Aquino’s travel to Canada is scheduled on May 7 to 9

The Department of Foreign Affairs said, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Aquino’s meeting in June will focus on the enhancement of the Philippine-Japan Strategic Partnership. They will also exchange views on recent regional developments.

Japan visit is set on June 2 to 5. “The State Visit of the President is taking place at an auspicious and important juncture in bilateral ties, which are presently at their most dynamic and excellent levels heading into the 60th anniversary of relations next year,” DFA said.