- Provide an enabling environment for trade and investment by streamlining business
regulations, boosting productivity and competitiveness, promoting greater utilisation
of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), and ensuring
frequent government dialogue to address trade and investment concerns.
- Share Australian experience to assist the Philippine Government deliver on its major
infrastructure agenda and assist in post-typhoon recovery and reconstruction.
- Build on strong co-operation in agriculture and market access that has yielded improved
import protocols for Philippine mangoes and Australian fresh fruit, and better opportunities
- Continue Australia’s support for the Philippines’ development of its Technical Vocational
Education and Training (TVET) framework to further ensure that the supply of qualified
skilled workers meets industry needs.
- Explore the viability of a Senior Officials’ Trade and Investment Dialogue to review
progress in supporting growth in the bilateral commercial relationship.
- Australian experience to support the development of responsible mining in the Philippines.
The Secretaries and Ministers recognised the importance of development cooperation
between the two countries and reaffirmed their commitment to pursue shared national
interests of greater economic growth, stability and security for the region.
The Philippines expressed deep appreciation for Australia’s immediate response and
early recovery to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan),
with the extension of over AU$100 million to date in aid, including the provision
of an Australian medical team, and the deployment of Australian Defence Force personnel
The Secretaries and Ministers agreed to:
- Confirm Australian aid to the Philippines at AU$170 million in 2013-14, in recognition
of the serious recovery and reconstruction challenges following Typhoon Yolanda