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Philippine president says visits to Indonesia, Singapore "fruitful"

Post time:2022-09-08 14:33:55

MANILA, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos has said that his visits to Indonesia and Singapore were "fruitful and engaging," resulting in "signed and sealed" investment commitments amounting to over 14 billion U.S. dollars.

"(The pledges) will support our county's economic recovery efforts to create more jobs for Filipinos here in the country," Marcos said shortly after arriving in Manila on Wednesday night.

Marcos said during his visits to the two Southeast Asian countries, he witnessed the signing of 22 letters of intent and memorandums of understanding in renewable energy, data centers, e-commerce, broadband technology, start-ups, government housing, and agriculture with Indonesian and Singaporean investors.

Marcos met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Indonesia during his three-day visit that kicked off on Sept. 4 to discuss overall bilateral ties.

"Our conversation covered all facets of our relations, particularly on defense, security, maritime cooperation, trade and investment, and people-to-people ties," Marcos said.

He said they also talked about importing fertilizers into the Philippines and increasing coal imports for energy supply.

In Singapore, Marcos met with Singaporean President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Marcos and Lee witnessed the signing and exchange of agreements on counterterrorism, personal data protection, digital cooperation, water resource management and investment.

Singapore is the Philippines' top trading partner in Southeast Asia and sixth worldwide, and the Philippines' leading source of approved investments in 2021.

Marcos' visits to Indonesia and Singapore were his first oversea trips since assuming the presidency in June.


 
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