Economic Forum with German Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Dr. Gordon Kricke: Outlook on German-Philippine Relations

26.01.17 AHK News

This year’s first Economic Forum, held last 26 January 2017, welcomed the new German Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Gordon Kricke. About 100 guests listened to the Ambassador’s outlook on German-Philippine Relations.

The Forum started with GPCCI President Dr. Bodo Goerlich announcing the Chamber’s upcoming events and particularly Mabuhay Germany on 18-19 February 2017. German Embassy Commercial Counsellor Dr. Andree Buhl introduced Ambassador Kricke as a German diplomat who has served in Germany and in many countries and in various positions. Mr Kricke has also been the German Ambassador to Haiti and Niger. He served as the EU Ambassador to Angola before taking up his assignment as German Ambassador to the Philippines and to the Pacific Island States Palau, Micronesia and Marshall Islands.

In his address, Ambassador Kricke underlined the importance of the European Union (EU) for Germany and German foreign policy as the EU provides political stability and economic success to all its Members. The Ambassador also explained the importance of global challenges, sustainable development and human rights for the foreign policy of the EU and Germany.

German Philippine relations are based on common values and democracy. Both countries entertain close political and economic relations. Germany is the Philippine´s most important trade partner in Europe, an important investor in the Philippines and among the Philippine´s most important donors of Official Development Assistance. The current EU scheme of trade preferences GSP+ which is in existence since the beginning of 2014 has provided a further boost for economic ties between the Philippines, the EU-Member States and particularly with Germany.

The German Ambassador expressed support for the current Philippine Administration’s 10-point economic agenda and underlined the importance of the recent settlement of the FRAPORT investment dispute which had overshadowed German Philippine relations for many years before. Both, the Government´s 10 point agenda and the settlement of the FRAPORT case, provide a good basis for a further increase in trade and investment between Germany and the Philippines. Germany is also a particularly interesting partner for the Philippines at the moment as the present Philippine Government strives to introduce a federal system in the Philippines. Germany is ready to share its broad experience with its federal political order which has been a success. In addition and similiarly, ASEAN looks at the EU as a model for political and economic integration.

The event was capped off by Mr. Gerhard Zimmer of the German Club.

We would like to thank the German Ambassador Gordon Kricke for his time, and all Members who attended this year’s first Economic Forum.