MANILA, 28 MAY 2019 – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leaves for Tokyo today for a working visit to further deepen the Philippines’ political and economic engagement with its key strategic partner, Japan.

President Duterte will deliver a keynote address at the 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia upon the invitation of Nikkei, Inc.

The President’s address will highlight Philippine development goals and accomplishments, foreign policy thrusts, and insights on regional and global developments.

This annual gathering, regarded as one of Asia’s top foreign policy and economic fora, also includes leaders of Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh in its lineup of speakers.

The President will likewise hold a Summit Meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reaffirm the valued friendship between the Philippines and Japan and renew the shared commitment to further strengthen special ties and realize the common goals of Philippines-Japan Strengthened Strategic Partnership.

The leaders will review the progress of agreements made in previous meetings.

They will also discuss cooperation in infrastructure development, trade and investments, agriculture, labor, defense, maritime security and maritime domain awareness, people- to-people exchanges, and the pursuit of just and lasting peace and progress in Mindanao.

The President will also take the opportunity to meet with key Japanese industry and tourism leaders at a business forum to encourage Japanese private sector investments in the country and to further heighten interest in the Philippines as a Japanese tourist destination of choice.

The President will likewise meet the Filipino community in Japan and personally convey his appreciation for their continuing sacrifice and contribution to the country’s socio-economic development.

This will be the President’s third visit to Japan, which he described as a friend of the Philippines that is “closer than a brother.”

Japan continues to be the Philippines’ biggest Official Development Assistance partner, a major source of foreign direct investments, second largest trading partner and fourth highest source of tourist arrivals.

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