Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand
23 October 2012

President Benigno S. Aquino III and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key witnessed the signing of three bilateral agreements on the areas of PH-NZ workers holiday scheme, defense and geothermal energy at the Parliament Buildings in Wellington.
The Arrangement on Working Holiday Scheme between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of the Philippines focuses on the granting of 100 temporary entry (12-month) visas in each direction to citizens aged 18-30 years old of New Zealand and the Philippines. The agreement aims to promote strong people-to-people links between both countries.
Meanwhile, the Memorandum of Arrangement on Defense Cooperation between New Zealand and the Philippines fortifies long history of defense links between the two nations. It provides a formal framework for dialogue and cooperation on defense issues and reviews current New Zealand defense activities in the Philippines such as education and capacity building, training and information exchange.
The last agreement signed by both parties is the Geothermal Energy Cooperation, which intends to provide a formal government-to-government framework to support geothermal development between the two nations. Under this agreement, the GNS Science, New Zealand’s largest geothermal energy provider, will give technical assistance to the Energy Development Corporation, a private energy company in the Philippines.
The signatories of the first two agreements are Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully while the last document was inked by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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