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Amb. Bataclan attends IOB Graduation Ceremony
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Ambassador Bataclan attends Graduation Ceremony of IOB, University of Antwerp;  Guest Speaker highlights STEP Project in Isabela


Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg attended the Graduation Ceremony and Opening of the Academic Year of the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) of the University of Antwerp on 14 September 2015.

Among the graduates from the Philippines were Desiree Guevara and Madelaine Monteramos, both from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).   Ms. Guevarra earned a Masters degree in Globalization and Development while Ms. Monteramos earned a Masters degree in Development Evaluation and Management.

For the schoolyear 2015-2016, the University enrolled four (4) new students from the Philippines: Armieyah Ayob, Elaine Bautista, Eula Ganir, and Mary Ann Manahan who will all study for Master's degrees in Globalization and Development.   Two more Filipinos, Misses Loresel Abainza and Alellie Sobrevinas, who are both pursuing Doctoral degrees in Applied Economics, completes the list of six (6) Filipinos currently studying at the IOB, University of Antwerp.

The Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS) offers 10 scholarships per Master's programme to selected countries, including the Philippines.  The IOB is a multidisciplinary institute involved in academic teaching, scientific research and service to the community in the area of economic, political and social aspects of development policy and management.

Mr. Rik Röttger, Provincial Council Member in charge of North-South Policy for the Provincial Government of Antwerp, who  welcomed the graduates and presented the winners of the Development Cooperation Prize made mention of the collaboration between the Province of Antwerp and of the Philippines since 1997.  He said that their latest project is the STEP (Sustainable Technologies and Entrepreneurial Permaculture) project in Isabela which began in 2009.  This project, which will last until 2017 is a collaboration between Isabela, Philippines; Antwerp, Belgium and the NGO, Cabiokid.  The project  aims to promote organic farming through the concepts of permaculture in 7 communities with 5 different eco systems from the Sierra Made to Divilacan.   The program is expected to establish key sites with Learning Resource Centers, develop the skills of people with regards to nature-based and ecologically sound technologies which will respond to problems related to poverty.

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Amb. Bataclan at the EPC Policy Dialogue
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Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union joined other speakers at a Policy Dialogue on "Striving for Growth:  Emerging markets and the EU in the world economy" sponsored by the European Policy Centre (EPC), the Institute for the Scientific Advancement of the South (ISAS) and the King Baudouin Foundation at the EPC Auditorium on 15 September 2015.

Ambassador Bataclan shared the Philippines' experience on how the country transitioned from being a debtor to creditor nation in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2010 upon its participation in the IMF's Financial Transactions Plan (FTP). The Philippines has since made its contribution in preserving the stability of the international monetary system by lending - through the IMF - to some troubled economies, including those in Europe.

Ambassador Bataclan gave credit to the structural adjustments proposed by the IMF to the Philippines. The Ambassador proudly heralded the high GDP and GNP rates posted by the Philippines in recent years, which are indications that the country is on track, based on recent forecasts, to become the 20th largest economy in the world by 2050.

Ambassador Bataclan also acknowledged that the remittances of overseas Filipino workers helped shield the Philippine economy from the impact of the global economic slowdown.  Although the Philippines is considered among the fastest-growing emerging economies, the Ambassador said 'much remains to be done" to correct the situation in which some 20 million Filipinos live below the poverty line.

On the question of areas of future cooperation, Ambassador Bataclan said the Philippines and the EU are already cooperating under the GSP+ to develop and advance engagement in trade as well as in ensuring that this is consistent with shared values on human rights and sustainable development. The ASEAN Economic Community and the awaited ASEAN-EU FTA as well as a PH-EU FTA, negotiations for which may begin soon, are also important mechanisms for future cooperation for more stable trade relations and inclusive growth and development.

Ambassador Bataclan was joined by Mr. Jeffrey Franks, Senior Resident Representative to the EU of the IMF; Mr. Norbert Wunner, Deputy Head of Unit for Countries of the G-20, IMF, and the G-Groups of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission;  Mr. Ben Westmore, Economist, China Desk of the Economics Department of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Mr. Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive of the EPC, who also emceed the event.

The EPC is an independent, non-profit think tank dedicated to fostering European integration through analysis and debate.


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