16 April 2018 – The inaugural bilateral consultations between the Philippines and Denmark was held on 16 April 2018.

The Philippine and Danish Delegations after the consultations.

The Philippine delegation was headed by DFA Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo, while the Danish Delegation was jointly led by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen and State Secretary for the Trade Council Susanne Hyldelund.

The delegations discussed recent events in the Philippines and Denmark and the present state of bilateral relations between the two countries. Both delegations identified ways to further enhance cooperation in various areas such as trade, energy investments, and labor. They also exchanged views on recent regional and international developments, including counter terrorism and climate change.

Both delegations recognized the significance of the inaugural meeting which further institutionalizes formal discussions spanning the 72 years of Philippine-Denmark relations. They noted the positive developments since the opening of the Danish Embassy in Manila in 2015. The planned opening of the Philippine Embassy in Copenhagen will contribute to closer cooperation between the two countries.

Left:  Permanent Secretary Knudsen and Undersecretary Manalo
Right: State Secretary Hyldelund and Undersecretary Manalo

DFA Undersecretary Manalo was joined by Commission on Filipinos Overseas Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik, Philippine Ambassador-Designate to Denmark Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia, DFA Assistant Secretary for the United Nations and International Organizations Bayani S. Mercado, and other DFA officials, as well as the Philippine Trade and Investment Officer for the Nordic Countries Mary Borromeo-Hedfors, and the Maritime Attache Arsenio Lingad III.

Permanent Secretary Knudsen and State Secretary Hyldelund were joined by Mr. Erik Laursen, Head of Asia, Latin America and Oceania Department and other officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. During the Economic and Commercial discussions, representatives from Danish Industries, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, and Danish Shipping highlighted the increasing economic activities between the two countries.

The inaugural consultations were held at the Eigtveds Pakhus Building in the campus of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, in Asiatisk Plads, Copenhagen. -END-

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