“This visit reinforces the growing importance our new Government attaches to Asia, including the Philippines. Relations between the United Kingdom and the Philippines are strongly underpinned by trade and investment,” said the British Embassy’s Charge d’ Affaires Colin Crorkin. “The Minister’s visit to the Philippines is part of an active effort to promote the business relationship between our two countries and examine the scope for further investment in both directions. We enjoy many shared values and with new governments in both London and Manila, this visit is most timely.”
Mr Browne will speak tomorrow about these opportunities before captains of industry at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Browne will also pay a courtesy call on President Benigno Aquino III. His visit includes a series of discussions on issues of bilateral interest with senior Philippine government officials and meetings with key people from civil society. Among the issues Mr Browne is expected to discuss are the situation in Mindanao and wider bilateral issues.
This is Mr Browne’s first trip to the Philippines, which is part of his visit to South East Asia.