|Visit of the Ambassador to the Walloon Parliament|
VISIT OF THE AMBASSADOR TO THE WALLOON PARLIAMENT
H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Belgium visited the Walloon Parliament on 13 March 2014. She was welcomed by the Parliament's President, Mr. Patrick Dupriez.
During the visit, the Ambassador discussed with Mr. Dupriez the issue of the ratification of the PCA between the EU and the Republic of the Philippines, signed on 11 July 2012. The Philippines hopes the ratification of the agreement by the EU in 2014, the 50th anniversary of the relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the EU. He informed the Ambassador that the Walloon Parliament had ratified it on 10 July 2013.
Ambassador Bataclan and Mr. Dupriez also discussed the issue of federalism. The Ambassador informed Mr. Dupriez of the existence of 75 provinces and an autonomous region of Mindanao in the Philippines. She recalled that a delegation from the House of representatives of the Philippines travelled to Belgium a few years ago to study the Belgian federal model.
At the economic level, discussions were highlighted by the mission of a delegation of the AWEX to five ASEAN countries including the Philippines scheduled from 10 to 21 March 2014. The Ambassador called for the enhancement of economic ties between Wallonia and the Philippines. She welcomed the existence of a Welcome Office for the countries of ASEAN in Namur.