EXPECTED  TOPICS  OF  GMA'S  BILATERAL  MEETINGS  WITH  U.S.,  CANADA,  CHILE
 

MANILA,
NOVEMBER 18, 2006 (STAR) • UNITED STATES Key regional issues • North Korean nuclear threat • Proliferation of security initiative. Key bilateral issues:

• Millennium Challenge Account

• Counter•terrorism cooperation including the peace process in Mindanao

• CANADA

• First meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper who led Conservatives to win minority government in January 2006 federal elections;

• Correct Canadian businesses’ negative impression of Philippine political situation. Talks will emphasize the Arroyo administration’s focus on economic improvement and maintaining solid economic fundamentals;

• Express appreciation for Canadian ODA focus on capacity building in local governance and entrepreneurship, with emphasis on Canada’s involvement for the last 15 years in empowering SMEs and 400 municipalities, 101 of which are in ARMM;

• Stress the need for continued development cooperation despite Canada’s greater focus on Sub•Saharan Africa;

• Secure Canadian support for environmental projects in the Philippines, particularly sustainable mining.

• CHILE

• First meeting of the two Presidents.

• Role of women in nation•building

• Shipping hub for Chilean vessels

• Mining

• English teaching

• Improving trade relations

• Promotion of human rights, interfaith dialogue, and debt for equity. — Paolo Romero


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