Philippines, Germany strengthen ties in Berlin

The Philippines and Germany have strengthened ties during the second bilateral political consultations in Berlin. Both countries agreed to further strengthen existing relationships and pursue more ways for cooperation in trade, development cooperation, climate change, and renewable energy. The said consultations was held June 16.

Philippine delegation was headed by Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Evan P. Garcia, while Ambassador Clemens von Goetze, Director General for Africa, Asia, Latin America, Near and Middle East Office of the German Foreign Ministry led the German delegation.

The discussion also focused on how to further strengthen ties in trade and investments, directions to improve labor cooperation by streamlining the implementation of the Triple Win Project (Filipino nurses for German hospitals), furthering development cooperation through the promotion of dual technical-vocational education and training (TVET) in the Philippines, and pursuit of programs to respond to climate change/ environment issues, the DFA said.

It was officially announced during the said consultations the upcoming German Asia-Pacific Business Association business mission to the Philippines in October to be led by Parliamentary State Secretary Brigitte Zypries of the Ministry of Economics and Energy.

Germany is the Philippines’ biggest European trade partner and among the country’s biggest ODA partners. The meeting this year coincided with Germany’s presidency of the G7, which climaxed in the recent Leaders’ Summit from June 07 to 08, the DFA noted.