Tokyo, Japan
October 26, 2016

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gave an address before the Philippine Economic Forum held at the Convention Hall of Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel in Japan.

In his speech, the President said that Japan has been the Philippines’ top trading partner and that the ties between the two countries will continue to be a priority for the Philippines.

“We count on Japan to further extend its valuable support in our pursuits for promoting rural development, increasing agriculture productivity, accelerating infrastructure spending and investing in human capital development,” he said.

These economic development thrusts, he explained, are significant in nurturing the lives of the Filipino people, and that the Philippines is now open for more investors from Japan.

“At present, we are putting in place policies aimed at ensuring stability in the macro-economic policies, increasing competitiveness, improving ease of doing business, increasing spending in crucial infrastructure and investing further in the human capital development,” he said.

President Duterte expressed the Philippine government’s appreciation for Japan’s role in the peacebuilding efforts in Mindanao that is geared towards the attainment of a more peaceful life in the country and putting an end to poverty.

He pointed out that the country has to decentralize growth by way of developing the agriculture sector specifically in rural areas that are more dependent to crop growing and food production. He said that Japan has the capability to be a reliable partner of the Philippines for this objective because of its resources and expertise.

The Philippine Economic Forum was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, in cooperation with other government agencies of the Philippines.

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