4th Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting Joint Ministerial Statement
21 February 2014 - The Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the Hon Albert del
Rosario, and Secretary of Trade and Industry, the Hon Gregory Domingo, met with
the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Minister
for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, on 20 February 2014 for the
Fourth Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting.
The Secretaries and Ministers reaffirmed the steadfast friendship between the Philippines
and Australia and agreed to work collaboratively to promote economic growth and
new business opportunities and advance common objectives for the peace, stability
and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.
The Secretaries and Ministers agreed that the Philippines and Australia should co-operate
to increase bilateral trade and investment, and to support the Philippine Government’s
reforms to create a more resilient, vibrant and competitive economy. The Secretaries
and Ministers welcomed the participation of high-level business delegations from
Australia and the Philippines at PAMM-related business events, and noted the importance
of private sector engagement to drive the economic relationship forward. The Secretaries
and Ministers also recognised the important role of the business chambers in promoting
the expansion of trade and investment.
The Secretaries and Ministers agreed to:
Encourage the private sector to explore new opportunities for trade and investment
in light of the strong economic growth in the Philippines and the sustained strength
of the Australian economy.