Thailand and the Philippines have agreed to explore cooperation in education through non-traditional teaching methods including the use of ICT. They also agreed to cooperate in combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and in agriculture.
The agreement was reach during the official visit of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn to the Philippines on 6-7 April 2015, as part of his introductory visit to ASEAN member countries.
According to the joint press release for the official visit, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. Del Rosario and General Tanasak noted that people-to-people relations further enhance the already excellent Philippines-Thailand relations.
Mr. Del Rosario conveyed the Philippines’ deep appreciation to the Thai Royal Family, the Royal Thai Government and the private sector for their humanitarian support for the victims of Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby). He also expressed gratitude to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for including three Philippine schools in the Collaboration Project on Children and Youth Development under the Her Royal Highness’ Royal Patronage.
In order to further deepen the collaboration between the two countries, the two Foreign Ministers expressed their commitment to strengthen existing bilateral mechanisms such as the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC), the Joint Commission for Military Cooperation (JCMC), and the Joint Trade Commission (JTC). Both sides agreed to convene these mechanisms within the year.
General Tanasak extended an invitation to the Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs to visit Thailand for the 6th Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) Meeting, which is scheduled to be held in the second half of 2015.
The two Foreign Ministers looked forward to the implementation of the Joint Partnership Program which supports capacity building for women entrepreneurship in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Viet Nam, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Timor-Leste.
They reaffirmed their commitment to continue cooperation towards the forging of an ASEAN Community and upholding the centrality of ASEAN in the evolving regional architecture.
Mr. Del Rosario expressed satisfaction for Thailand’s pro-active co-chairmanship of the ASEAN-China Senior Officials Meeting and Joint Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. He also updated General Tanasak on the developments in the West Philippine Sea and the case before the Arbitral Tribunal.
The two Foreign Ministers noted developments in the Middle East and expressed their commitment to cooperate in the evacuation of their nationals from Yemen. They agreed to further strengthen coordination between their Foreign Ministries to ensure the safety and well-being of their nationals in strife-torn countries in the Middle East.