Noli talks trade, tourism with Chinese local officials
09 June 2006
Trade and investment as
as tourism were the main points of Vice President Noli ‘Kabayan’ de
Castro’s agenda as he met with officials of Jiangsu province and
Shanghai as part of his official visit to the People’s Republic of
The Vice President made a courtesy call with the
Jiangsu provincial officials on June 7, and
with Shanghai officials on June 9 to
Philippine government’s intention of expanding relations with the
different provinces and cities of China.
De Castro sought the assistance of Jiangsu’s
and Shanghai’s respective governments to
encourage state-owned companies and other enterprises to invest in the Philippines
and participate in the RP government’s development efforts.
“For the past decade, trade between our two countries has progressed
steadily, but we would like to further increase the Philippines’
share in your foreign trade,” he said.
He pointed out that the Philippine government has undertaken efforts to
attract more investments by developing infrastructure, streamlining
processes and introducing policy reforms to create a more
In particular, he said the Philippines
encourages investments in motor vehicle parts and components,
electronics, textile manufacturing and agriculture.
He also cited the Philippine’s “high-quality professional services in
information technology, engineering, architectural design and
recognizes our countries’ strengths in those areas, and I hope that
businessmen from both sides would explore opportunities in the two
countries,” he said.
De Castro also conveyed the Philippine government’s desire to
strengthen cooperation with China in the areas of
information exchange and investment promotion networking through the
relevant offices and institutions in the Chinese provinces and cities.
In tourism, the Vice President called for the cooperation of Chinese
local officials in promoting the Philippines
as a tourist destination.
has granted the Philippines
an Approved Destination Status (ADS) and the Philippine government has
undertaken efforts to facilitate visa requirements of Chinese tour
groups, and to intensify its tourism campaign in China.
“Maybe our local travel agents can forge ties with their counterparts
in Jiangsu and Shanghai
to spur tourism traffic between the Philippines
and their respective destinations,” De Castro said.
Noting that Shanghai’s sister-city
with Manila is “a good vehicle for
promoting trade, investment and tourism,” he expressed hope that Jiangsu “will have a sister-province in the Philippines,
and that exchanges can be arranged between officials of both sides.”
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