Philippines, Vietnam in final stretch of forging strategic partnership

Philippine and Vietnam will be holding a Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi on tomorrow, October 21 for the 8th Philippines-Vietnam Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC). Philippine delegation will be led by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario.

“The JCBC is an important mechanism between the two countries to discuss bilateral and regional issues, as well as plan for joint projects to enhance Philippines-Vietnam cooperation in areas such as political, economic, security, defense, agriculture and maritime cooperation, among others,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The Philippines and Vietnam are in the process of finalizing a strategic partnership, which was agreed upon by both President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vietnam President Tan Sang in 2014 during a meeting on the sidelines of the 26th APEC Summit. This strategic partnership is being established with a view to elevating the level and intensity of bilateral exchanges between the two countries.

Secretary del Rosario said as both maritime nations with rapidly developing economies, the future of Philippines and Vietnam is closely linked and it is natural that the bilateral relations of both countries should strengthen and intensify.

Philippines and Vietnam high officials are looking at the sidelines of APEC Leaders’ Meeting on November in Manila for the signing of the said strategic partnership.