MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and South Korea have agreed to further develop supply chain and energy cooperation, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The DTI said that both countries reached an agreement during the second meeting of the Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation (JCTEC) last month. 카지노사이트
On supply chains, the DTI said the Philippines and South Korea agreed to maximize areas for complementation in green metals and related industries such as electric vehicles and semiconductors, focusing on building stable and sustainable supply chains for critical raw materials for production and manufacturing.
“We are positioning the Philippines as a key player in the supply of critical minerals given our vast resources of green metals such as nickel, cobalt, and copper – inputs for the production and manufacture of electronic goods and batteries for electric vehicles. With Korea’s manufacturing capabilities especially in electronics, we hope to pursue a meaningful partnership in this area,” Trade Undersecretary and Board of Investments managing head Ceferino Rodolfo said.
For his part, South Korea Deputy Minister Dae-jin Jeong of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) enjoined both countries to work together to pursue the said endeavor.
“We will engage in technical discussions to pursue our strategic partnership through the proposed memorandum of understanding (MOU) on core raw materials and critical supply chain cooperation. The Philippines ranks 10th worldwide in terms of mineral production and is especially rich in nickel, chromium, and copper,” Jeong said.
In terms of energy cooperation, the two countries committed to establish a cooperation-based mechanism on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and nuclear power, aligned with the need to respond to climate change challenges amidst ongoing global initiatives towards carbon neutrality.
During the meeting, the two countries acknowledged the continuing efforts of both sides in enhancing market access of key products, including the signing of the Philippines-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (PH-KR FTA) targeted in 2023. 안전한카지노사이트
Activities to promote the utilization of the FTA through seminars and information sessions were also discussed, according to the DTI.
In support of industrial initiatives, the two nations also agreed to maintain active engagement on ongoing Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects and to explore other areas for complementation such as collaboration related to the Philippines’ PUV modernization program. 카지노사이트 추천
Likewise, the importance of regional mechanisms in building towards mutual economic gains, among which is the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF), was highlighted during the meeting.
Last September, the Philippines and South Korea joined other IPEF partners in endorsing the statements for the four pillars on Trade, Supply Chains, Clean Economy, and Fair Economy.