Filipinas – The Manila Standard Today – 23/6/2009
PRESIDENT Arroyo said the Philippines and Brazil will sign two agreements aimed at boosting cooperation in biofuel production and agri-business that will benefit both countries.‘‘Brazil is a developing nation that has burst into the international scene the last decade,’’ she said from Recife yesterday.
‘‘Brazil has become a voice for the special challenges of a developing nation as well as innovator in bio-fuels.
‘‘I am confident we will return with new alliances that will benefit both our public and private sectors and support our efforts to promote food and fuel self-sufficiency.’’
Today, Mrs. Arroyo opens the Philippines’ 6th consulate in the port city of Recife, where the Filipino-owned International Container Terminal Services Inc. has a major investment.
Tecson Suape S.A., which is touted as the biggest Filipino investment in Brazil, is a subsidiary of ICTSI, which won the bid to manage the Suape Container Terminal nine years ago.
Tomorrow, the President will go to the capital city Brasilia, where she will have a bilateral meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
There, she will witness the signing of a deal between the Philippines’ Agriculture Department and Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, and another deal between Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corp. and Brazil’s Agricultural Research Corp.
The agreement on agriculture involves collaboration in livestock and animal health, bio-fuel feedstock and development, dairy, horticulture, food safety, agribusiness management, sustainable land management, genetics and biotechnology, processing and post-harvest technologies and agricultural machineries, and plant and animal science.
The second agreement will allow the two countries to cooperate on science and technology through joint projects in agriculture and natural resources.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo will also sign an Agreement on Remunerated Employment of Dependents of Diplomatic, Consular and Administrative and Technical Personnel.
The deal will allow the dependents of Filipino and Brazilian personnel in their respective diplomatic and consular missions to work in their host countries.
Joyce Pangco Pañares