• Aquino off to US, Europe next month to court investors


    President Benigno Aquino 3rd will visit Europe and the United States next month to woo potential investors to the Philippines.

    Aquino, in an interview aired over Bombo Radyo on Thursday, said the trip to Europe, which includes stops in Spain, Germany, France and Belgium, is an opportunity to meet with the leaders of the European Union. He will stay for two days in each country.

    The President said he is eyeing major investments but refused to divulge them.

    “I don’t want to tell you what investments we’re hoping to come in because, as the saying goes, it hasn’t happened yet and we don’t want to jinx it,” he added.

    The President is also expected to meet with officials of the European Maritime Safety Agency to talk about conditions of Filipino seamen.

    Aquino said the two goals of his European trip are “better coordination” and “expanding commerce.”

    The President was supposed to go to Europe in September 2010 for the Asia-Europe Meeting but he canceled it as part of the new administration’s austerity measures.

    After his trip to Europe, Aquino is scheduled to travel to the US to speak at the Global Climate Change Summit upon the invitation of United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon.


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