PH sponsored Australia ministerial meeting

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The Philippines will sponsor the 4th Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting (PAMM) in Manila from February 20 to 21.

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo will meet with their Australian counterparts, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb.

According to a statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the officials will “discuss regional and global developments and priorities, areas of mutual interest, and cooperation in international relations and trade.”

A private dialogue between representatives of the private sector and the trade ministers will also be held as one of the activities of the PAMM on February 19.

Australia is one of the Philippines’ closest bilateral partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

The PAMM began as the Philippines-Australia Dialogue in 1997 and was upgraded to a Joint Ministerial Meeting in 2005.

“It sets the direction and vision of the Philippines-Australia bilateral relations and serves as the forum to discuss initiatives and activities to strengthen the bilateral partnership,” the statement said.

BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON

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