PH, PNG ink Joint Declaration on Agriculture Cooperation
The government of Philippines and Papua New Guinea (PNG) have forged a bilateral agreement that formalizes the strengthening of agricultural ties between the two countries.
Witnessed by President Rodrigo Duterte and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, the signing ceremony was led by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Benny Allan.
“Indeed, over the past four decades, we have seen our ties steadily grow. What is different now is that the Philippines and Papua New Guinea want these ties to significantly broaden and deepen our concrete and mutually beneficial cooperation,” Duterte said, referring to the Joint Declaration on Agriculture Cooperation.
“The Philippines and Papua New Guinea share a common vision for a progressive future. Amid the challenges of our times, we have only, have true friends to rely on,” he added.
O’Neill, for his part, said the deal was an “indication of the growing relationship between our two countries and the freedoms and the lawful activities that we continue to enjoy as citizens of both countries.”