By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
At least three government documents on bilateral cooperation will be signed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s three-day official visit to Thailand, the Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom said.
Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon said that these agreements will focus on science and technology, agriculture, and tourism.
According to Aragon, despite both countries having already signed an agreement on tourism on March, 1993, the one to be signed during Duterte’s visit will focus on expanding the areas of cooperation.
“For instance, we can learn a lot from Thailand on how they have managed to increase the number of tourist arrivals here, on infrastructure, so these are the things we will have in our tourism industry,” she said in an interview with members of the Philippine media at the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok.
According to Aragon, Philippine institutions, and even the academe, can be encouraged to learn from the Thai counterparts so there will be joint marketing promotions.
She added that this agreement would bind the countries to the joint implementation of a five-year tourism cooperation plan.
Meanwhile, Aragon said that on the field of science and technology, the agreement is expected to focus on areas like research and development; and help micro, small, and medium enterprises.
“The use of tech e-commerce will help both countries, especially small and medium enterprises,” she said.
On Agriculture, Aragon said that the agreement which will be signed aims to improve the one signed over a decade ago on livestock and dairy production.
“This is one aspect an area of cooperation can be concluded between our Philippine carabao sector and Thailand’s agriculture department,” she added.