MALACAÑANG on Friday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd will fly to Canada—the first time for a Philippine President since 1997- on the second week of May to sign development pacts with his counterpart, Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
According to deputy Palace spokesperson Abigail Valte, Aquino will also visit the US to meet with potential investors and the local Filipino community in Chicago.
“His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino, III has accepted the invitation from Canadian Governor General David Johnston to undertake a State Visit to Canada from May 7 to 9, 2015,” Valte said.
Canada is the Philippines’ 21st largest trading partner, its 6th top source market for tourism, and is home to almost 700,000 Filipinos.
In 2014, Canada announced that the Philippines had been designated a Country of Focus for development assistance, and a Priority Emerging Market for Canadian overseas trade and investment.
The two leaders are expected to witness the signing of bilateral agreements on labor cooperation, development assistance, and infrastructure development, which will highlight the vibrancy of people-to-people relations.
The visit is the first state visit of a Philippine president to Canada since the visit of former President Fidel Ramos in 1997.
Valte also said that the US visit will last for a day.
Aquino state visit to Japan
Meanwhile, the Japanese Embassy in Manila said Friday that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will be in Japan for a state visit from June 2 to June 5.
During his stay in Japan, the President will make a State Call on Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan.
Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress will host a state banquet in honor of the President, according to the Japanese Embassy.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold a meeting with, as well as host a dinner for, the President, it added.
“The government of Japan sincerely welcomes the visit of the President, which will further strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines,” the embassy said.