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11/05/2012: AMBASSADOR CUISIA AND MEMPHIS CITY MAYOR WHARTON DISCUSS POTENTIAL PARTNERSHIP IN LOGISTICS AND LIFESCIENCES

Ambassador Jose Cuisia (left) talks to Memphis Mayor AC Wharton (right) during the welcome reception tendered by Memphis in May Festival organizers for the Philippine delegation last May 8.  Standing in the middle is Mr. Calvin Anderson, 2012 Memphis in May Festival Chairman of the Board.

11 MAY 2012, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. met yesterday with Memphis City Mayor AC Wharton, Jr., together with Consul General Graciano Paynor, Jr. of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and 2012 Memphis in May Board Chairman Calvin Anderson, to discuss, among others, partnership possibilities between the Philippines and the State of Tennessee from logistics and life sciences, to educational exchange, tourism, and sister city agreements.

"On behalf of the Philippine Government, I would like to reiterate our most profound appreciation for the Philippines' selection as the 2012 Honored Country - showcasing the best of Philippine culture, customs, cuisine and commerce," the Ambassador conveyed to Mayor Wharton who assumed office in 2009 and also previously served as the first African-American Mayor of Shelby County.

Mayor Wharton confirmed that he is keen to look at business matching opportunities and is comitted to "find areas of common interest" (e.g., medical research.) "We want to be known as a city with open doors with major business locators like the FedEx," the Mayor added.

As the City's leading official, Mayor Wharton has worked untiringly to incubate innovation and create efficiencies throughout government at a level that has brought about dramatic improvements in a relatively short amount of time.

The Filipinos in the greater Memphis area are mostly doctors and phyical therapists. Based on the 2010 Census, there are 14,409 Filipino Americans in the State of Tennessee. The Philippines' is Tennessee's 8th major trading partner in 2011. END