Saturday, 10 October 2015 Brussels Belgium
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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Amb. Bataclan attends IOB Graduation Ceremony
Friday, 02 October 2015 13:46    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

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.

IMF: Outlook for PH remains favorable
Monday, 14 September 2015 09:56    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


14 September 2015 - “The outlook for the Philippine economy remains favorable despite uneven and generally weaker global growth prospects,” the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated in a press release after the conclusion of the 2015 Article IV Consultation between the Philippines and the IMF on August 26.

The IMF’s Title IV Staff Report noted the Philippines’ continued strong economic growth, which is in line with the economy’s potential growth of 6.5%.

The IMF’s Executive Directors, agreeing with the appraisal of the IMF staff report, commended “the Philippine authorities’ prudent macroeconomic management,” which has helped contribute to strong economic growth and for having “set the stage for favorable growth prospects despite external headwinds.”

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. expressed appreciation for the effort of the IMF staff and the assessment of the Executive Board.

“Our economic performance can be credited to the good governance model of President Benigno S. Aquino III under the Daang Matuwid or the ‘Straight Path,’ as well as the sound macroeconomic management implemented by Philippine economic managers,” the Ambassador said.

The following are the notable findings in the Staff Report:

• IMF recognized that internal revenue increased as a share of GDP due to improvements in the Philippines’ tax administration.

• The Philippines’ economic growth is expected to pick up slightly in 2015 to 6.2% as lower commodity prices lift household consumption and improved budget execution raises public spending. The IMF added that over the medium term, the country’s economic growth is projected at 6.5%, which is in line with the Philippines’ potential growth. Public and private investments are projected to lead economic growth, with public infrastructure spending and expansion of PPP projects crowding in private investments.

• IMF added that despite a favorable outlook, factors such as global financial volatility, weak budget execution, and weather-related conditions tilt risks toward the downside. However, the IMF noted that Philippine authorities are well equipped to respond as needed with suitable policies should any of these risk scenarios materialize, particularly given the strong fundamentals, ample policy space, and strong foreign reserve position.

“As our country continues to reach new heights in political and economic affairs, the Philippine government remains committed to enhancing inclusive growth,” Ambassador Cuisia emphasized. He specifically cited the government’s continued commitment to roll out reforms to improve revenue collection efficiency.

Also highlighted in the Staff Report is the Philippine Government’s augmentation of growth-inclusive budgetary expenditures. These programs include the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s conditional cash transfer program, the expansion of the Philippines’ education program from Kindergarten to the Grade 12 level, and expansion of the health insurance program to cover the poor and informal sectors.

Under Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement, the IMF holds annual bilateral discussions with member governments to assess each country’s economic health and determine any potential financial concerns. The Philippines’ Country Report and Article IV Consultation Press Release can be accessed at END

Consular Outreach and OV Registration in Luxembourg
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Sec. del Rosario meets HRVP Mogherini in Kuala Lumpur
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13 August 2015 – Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario met with Madame Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security and Vice President of the European Commission (HRVP), on the sidelines of the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 6 August 2015. This was the first meeting between the two ministers after Madame Mogherini’s assumption as HRVP.

Secretary Del Rosario and Madame Mogherini discussed the excellent state of relations between the Philippines and European Union (EU), especially with the resolution of major challenges such as the removal of Philippine carriers from the EU air safety blacklist, the removal of the yellow card for the Philippines with regard to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF), and the continued recognition of Philippine-issued standards of training, certification, and watchkeeping (STCW) certificates for seafarers.

The meeting was also an opportunity for Secretary Del Rosario to thank the EU for its consistent position against unilateralism in the South China Sea and for its resolute support for the principle that disputes must be handled peacefully in accordance with international law. Secretary Del Rosario discussed security issues with Madame Mogherini, including developments in the arbitration case filed by the Philippines in The Hague.

Secretary Del Rosario conveyed the Philippine government’s gratitude to the EU for its support for the Mindanao Peace Process, where the EU is deeply involved as a member of the International Monitoring Team and as a major development assistance partner. It was noted that the EU is the largest contributor to the Mindanao Trust Fund.

The two sides also discussed the interest of the EU to join the East Asia Summit (EAS), a major regional leaders’ annual forum composed of the ten ASEAN countries and eight of its dialogue partners – Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the United States and Russia. It was noted that the Philippines will be ASEAN Chair during the 40th anniversary of the establishment of formal ASEAN-EU relations. END


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