Published May 26, 2023 02:30 PM by: NET25 News | 📷: PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE FB


Nanawagan si Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr. sa EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) at European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP) na isulong ang pagpapatuloy ng negosasyon para sa free trade agreement (FTA) sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at EU.   Sa kaniyang talumpati sa Joint EU-ASEAN Business Council at ECCP Gala Dinner sa Makati City, binigyang-diin ng Pangulo na ang bilateral FTA ay magiging "win-win strategy" para sa Pilipinas at EU.   “I believe that we can all agree that the timing and conditions are now quite ripe for us to solidify the long-standing and historically beneficial trade relations: through a bilateral Philippine-EU Free Trade Agreement,” saad ni Marcos.   “Hence, I take this opportunity to call upon our friends from the EU-ABC and ECCP to actively advocate for the resumption of negotiations for this purpose, as well as to strive for fair treatment and more beneficial reciprocity," dagdag na pahayag ng Pangulo.   Sinabi ng Pangulo na ang bilateral FTA "promises to achieve mutually beneficial economic goals, while maintaining consistency with the EU’s core ideals of sustainable development and environment protection, as well as with EU's Indo-Pacific Strategy."   "As credible voices of the European business community in the Philippines and the region, the EU-ABC and ECCP can help move this thing forward, all the way to a favorable conclusion. And if and when that happens, it could very well be the capstone of all efforts to strengthen Philippine and EU relations over the course of the next decades," ayon sa Pangulo.   Samantala, sinabi ng Pangulo na ang Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2023-2028 ay naka-angkla sa “creation of an enabling environment that shall facilitate the attainment of tangible socio-economic goals for our people.”   Sinimulan nang ipatupad ng administrasyon ang mga estratehiya na nakahanay dito, kabilang ang adjustments sa sistema ng corporate taxation at implementasyon ng green lanes.   "This solid enabling environment will pave the way for our compliance with vital international obligations as determined by the EU. This condition of compliance will, in turn, guarantee our continued participation in the Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) scheme," sambit ni Marcos.   "As a result of the GSP+, we are optimistic that we shall soon witness a marked growth of our MSME sector and our export market in the EU, and also, this will also encourage further foreign investments in our manufacturing sector," dagdag ng Pangulo.

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