(L-R) H.E. Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States; H.E. Taeyong Cho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States; Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs, National Security Council; and moderated by Nicholas Szechenyi, CSIS Japan Chair and Deputy Director for Asia

12 JANUARY 2023
Embassy Press and Information Section

WASHINGTON D.C. – Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez participated in a roundtable discussion on Networking in the Indo-Pacific, organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) at the CSIS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on 12 January 2023. The session was part of Indo-Pacific Forecast 2023, CSIS’s annual preview of political, security, and economic developments across the Indo-Pacific region. The panel also included Dr. Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs, National Security Council; Ambassador Taeyong Cho of the Republic of Korea; and was moderated by Nicholas Szechenyi, Japan Chair and Deputy Director for Asia at the CSIS.

The Ambassador shared the Philippines’ perspective on the state of affairs in the region  and the Philippines’ efforts towards regional and global economic recovery. He stressed that the ASEAN region is the right place and now is the right time to pursue more economic engagements.  

Ambassador Romualdez also underscored the Philippines’ robust economic ties with the United States and its neighbors, and the country’s readiness to engage in more economic activities with its allies. The Philippines was one of the first countries to join the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), noting that the IPEF is key to increasing trade and investment in the region. 

The Ambassador reiterated President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s pronouncement that the economic relations between the Philippines and United States has been robust, and looks forward to deeper ties as both allies work together to achieve economic security in the Indo-Pacific. The Philippines is also ready to amend and pass legislation that will further facilitate investments in the country. 

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The full discussion can be viewed here: ###