8th Meeting of the Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation
June 18, 2019
- The eighth meeting of the Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation was held on June 18, in Clark, the Philippines. The meeting was attended by Dr. Hiroto Izumi, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, and others on the Japanese side; and by Mr. Carlos G. Dominguez, Secretary of Finance, Mr. Ernesto M. Pernia, Secretary of National Economic and Development Authority, and others on the Philippine side.
- At this meeting, the participants followed up on the “Joint Statement on Bilateral Cooperation for the Next Five Years,” issued upon the visit of H. E. President Rodrigo R. Duterte to Japan in October 2017. They discussed approaches to bilateral cooperation in order to resolve major challenges that the Government of the Philippines is addressing, including the Metro Manila Subway Project, the North-South Commuter Railway project, and other infrastructure development projects as well as assistance to Mindanao peace process which has entered a new phase in light of the formation of the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority.
- The two sides shared the view that they will strive to communicate closely through this committee, and will aim to steadily implement specific projects.
[Reference]Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation
On his visit to the Philippines in January 2017, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, announced that Japan would provide one trillion yen in assistance over the next five years, including ODA and private-sector investment, establish a Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation to coordinate this assistance, and steadily implement cooperation that engages the public and private sectors for state building. The first meeting of the joint committee was held in Tokyo on March 27, 2017, the second meeting in Manila on July 7, the third meeting in Tokyo on September 25, the fourth meeting in Cebu on February 12, the fifth meeting in Tokyo on June 20, the sixth meeting in Manila on November 21, 2018 and the seventh meeting in Osaka on February 21, 2019.