3rd Meeting of the Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation
1. The third meeting of the Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation was held today, September 25, in Tokyo. The meeting was attended on the Japanese side by Mr. Yoshihide Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Hiroto Izumi, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, and others; and on the Philippines side by Mr. Carlos G. Dominguez, Secretary of Finance, Mr. Ernesto M. Pernia, Secretary of National Economic and Development Authority, and others.
2. At this meeting, which followed on from the first meeting in Tokyo in March this year and the second meeting in Manila in July this year, the participants discussed approaches to cooperating in order to resolve the major challenges the Government of the Philippines is addressing, including the Metro Manila subway project and other infrastructure development, peace building in Mindanao, and public safety and counter-terrorism measures.
3. The two sides shared the view that they will strive to communicate closely through this committee in the future also, and will aim to steadily implement specific cooperative projects.