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20/01/2012: Ambassador Cusia Discusses ASEAN and Philippine Priorities at the IMF-Asia Pacific Speaker Series

Ambassador Cuisia discusses ASEAN and Philippine priorities at the IMF-Asia Pacific Speaker Series

Ambassador Cuisia with IMF officials

20 JANUARY 2012, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia discussed today the priorities of “ASEAN and the Philippines in the Emerging Regional Architecture” at the Outside Speaker Series, hosted by the IMF-Asia Pacific Department.

“The Philippines is pro-ASEAN, and will continue to work together to remain a neutral forum for regional dialogue and collaboration between the Philippines and the US,” Ambassador Cusia explained to the IMF Staff from the Asia-Pacific and ASEAN constituencies.

Aside from outlining ASEAN’s commitment to establish a common platform to contribute and respond to key global challenges in a more coordinated, cohesive, and coherent manner, the Philippine Ambassador also conveyed the Philippine position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the West Philippine Sea as well as developments on the Partnership for Growth (PFG) and Investment Priority Plan (IPP).

IMF Mission Chief for the Philippines Vivek Arora and Deputy Director for Asia-Pacific Jerry Schiff introduced the Ambassador to the IMF Staff.

The IMF Staff Mission to the Philippines, which was concluded on 12 December 211, confirmed that the country’s “macroeconomic conditions remain generally sound.” END