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Courtesy call of Chilean Ambassador to the Philippines (Mar. 26, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 26 March 2021

The Philippines-Chile agricultural technology and scientific cooperation and trade and market access concerns were discussed during the virtual courtesy call of Chilean Ambassador to the Philippines Claudio Rojas to Agriculture Secretary William Dar on March 26, 2021.

Secretary Dar first congratulated Ambassador Rojas on the 75th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and Chile that will be celebrated this year.

He updated the Ambassador about the ongoing coordination of the Philippine Agriculture Attaché with the Chile Ministry of Agriculture to finalize the two countries’ Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Agriculture Cooperation.

The Secretary also expressed appreciation for the initiative of SERNAPESCA (Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service) in proposing a separate MOU with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). He said that the separate MOU is in the works and will be submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Moreover, Secretary Dar provided updates on Chile’s market access request for blueberry and dried and unshelled oats.

Ambassador Rojas mentioned the Philippines-Chile Joint Economic Commission meeting that will be held on March 30, 2021, wherein trade and investment agreements will be discussed further. He also said that Chile is open to having Philippine tropical fruits and the exchange of products should be a two-way relationship. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)