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65th Anniversary of PH-Bel Relations
Written by Sherwin Toledo    Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:35    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

PH-Bel14- July 2011, Brussels, Belgium -- His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union, hosted a reception today at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Belgium.

In his speech, Ambassador Manalo highlighted the significant cooperative undertakings that mark the strengthening of ties between the two countries since the establishment of the diplomatic relations on 04 July 1946. Among Belgium's most prominent development cooperation projects in the Philippines are the Phase II Modernization of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) System in Metro Manila and the Belgian Integrated Agrarian Reform Support Program (BIARSP). The Belgian Government likewise donated monetary assistance for the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in 2010.

He also mentioned the key role of Belgium in the history of the Philippines when in the 1890s Dr. Jose Rizal wrote and edited his El Filibusterismo in Brussels and published the said book in Ghent, Belgium.

The Ambassador also articulated that Belgium is one of the biggest trading partners of the Philippines in the European Union, with a remarkable growth of 222.9 percent in Belgium's foreign direct investments  (FDI) inflows to the Philippines in the years 2009 to 2010.

"Much can be recited on but allow me to end this nostalgic trip through our common history by expressing confidence that our strong and deeply rooted relations will endure for years to come," Ambassador Manalo concluded.  

In his reply, Ambassador Bertrand de Combrugghe, Director for Asia and Oceania of the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, mentioned the robust and strengthened relations between the two countries with the initialing of the Philippines-Belgium Joint Partnership Agreement on the Fields of Mutual Interest, the increasing number of Filipinos registered in Belgium, the increasing number of visas from around 3,000 to 7,000 in 2010 granted by the Belgian Embassy in Manila to Filipinos. He also specifically mentioned that, for the first time in history, the balance of trade between the two coutnries has shifted in favor of Belgium in 2010. He expressed enthusiasm in the eventual signing of the JPA and the Philippines-EU Partnership Cooperation Agreement. He then assured the Philippines of Belgium's commitment to a stronger bilateral diplomatic relations in the decades to come.

Ambassador de Combrugghe thanked Ambassador Manalo for his cooperation during his tenure in Belgium and recalled their close work together particularly during Belgium's Presidency at the European Union and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). He also personally expressed his best wishes to Ambassador Manalo in relation to the latter's preparations for his new posting in London.

The 65 years of dipliomatic relations of the two countries has developed steadily through the years and is characterized by harmony and close cooperation.


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