German foreign minister to visit PH, will discuss bilateral, trade ties


Guido Westerwelle AP

MANILA, Philippines – A German foreign minister will be in Manila to discuss bilateral, trade and regional ties with Philippine officials, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Monday.

In a statement, the DFA said that German Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, accompanied by a 12-man business delegation composed of officials of the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO), will be in the Philippines for a two-day official visit from February 7 to 8 upon the invitation of Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario.

The DFA said that Westerwelle’s visit “is the first by a German Federal Foreign Minister in more than 12 years and reciprocates an official trip to Germany by Del Rosario in December 2011.” It said that the last visit to the country by a German Federal Foreign Minister was made in July 2000 by Hans-Dietrich Genscher.

“Dr. Westerwelle’s visit is a very strong signal of the interest of both the Philippines and Germany to further enhance bilateral relations,” it said.

It said that the Westerwelle and his group’s visit would involve a bilateral meeting with a delegation headed by Del Rosario.

It added that Westerwelle would pay a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III before he “speaks in a discussion on the Mindanao peace process with representatives of the civil society.”

Westerwelle would attend a business roundtable organized by the German Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) and would visit a German ship management company before flying out of Manila on his way to Singapore, the DFA said.

The DFA noted that Germany remained the Philippines’ second largest export market in the European Union (EU) and the second biggest source of tourists for the Philippines in Europe. It said that trade between the two countries from January to September 2012 amounted to around $2.6 billion.

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  • disqusted0fu

    Nothing to see here. This will bring no developments to the PH. As usual, the administration and the media are hyping it up just to give Pnoy more to brag about.

  • pagsinta

    ” trade between the two countries from January to September 2012 amounted to around $2.6 billion.”

    How does it compare to $40 billions trade with China ?

    I hope people can do the math who is important to PH.

  • kilawon

    why trade in the land of the “KAWATANS”?

  • Raul

    Ayaw na nila sa mga Tsekwa mga ugok kasi. Dito na sila sa Pinas. Madaling kausap di na kailangan translator. Pag sa China Vastos mga opisyal dun.

  • Raul

    China land of Thieves, prostitutes, killers, mass murderers, vastos, mga hayop ang ugali. Lol

  • Platypus09

    This is good sign for our country, a good sign that a country like Germany has stong faith on what we do as a nation.

    Hopefully, we can meet their expectations now and in the future.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      German are excellent for organizations and trust, Philippines opposite.

      A lot to learn from them, the question is do Pilipino’s want to learn instead to steal ?

  • akosimickeymouse

    shifting of investment from any foreign countries is moving to the Philippines, this is really a good sign….China think before that we will collapse if they will sanctions Philippines economically by not accepting our exported bananas but they China are wrong…our economy here in Phil. is bullist…..BOC must watchful on smuggled goods coming from China……

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    puro business delagation million million ang tambay tsk tsk tsk tsk kailangan ng mga pilipino trabaho mamatay ang mga tao ng dilat wala dereksiyon pati si bantay inuulam na!

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