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24/06/2011: Secretary del Rosario Discusses Partnership for Growth with USAID Administrator Shah

Shown in the photo above are, from left, Secretary Albert del Rosario, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and Ambassador Jose Cuisia.

24 June 2011, Washington DC. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario met yesterday, 23 June 2011, with USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah.  Among the topics discussed was the Partnership for Growth (PFG) initiative, a joint Philippine-United States undertaking that promotes and supports broad-based economic growth of emerging markets.

Dr. Shah expressed the agency’s enthusiasm in pursuing the PFG-Philippines program, which forms part of the USAID reform agenda that focuses on partnerships, innovation and results. A high-level dialogue is currently taking place in Manila that aims to establish “policy partnerships, deeper economic engagements, and trade concessions.” A Joint Country Action Plan is expected to be completed by September 2011.

Secretary del Rosario reiterated the Philippine Government’s appreciation for the selection of the Philippines as one of the four pilot partner countries, and the only one in Asia, for the PFG initiative. Together with Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., the Secretary also discussed the SAVE Act bill, recently filed by Senator Daniel Inouye, which is designed to facilitate higher levels of trade in textiles and apparel between the U.S. and the Philippines, thereby creating jobs both in the US textile industry and the Philippines’ garments sector.

The selection of the Philippines as a PFG partner country in January 2011 was based on the country’s track record in partnering with the U.S. government and potential for continued economic growth. The PFG initiative is an effort to put into practice U.S. President Barack Obama’s presidential policy directive on global development. END