Duterte flies to Bali for high-level meet

October 08, 2018

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will fly to the Indonesian resort island of Bali this week to attend a meeting of fellow Southeast Asian leaders, the United Nations and multilateral lenders on issues ranging from achieving the sustainable development goals to accelerating economic development in the region.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Junever Mahilum-West said Monday the President and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders will have a two-and-a-half hour meeting with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and UN Secretary General António Guterres on October 11.

Set to be discussed during the meeting are issues related to building synergy in strengthening financial stability in the region and accelerating economic development and regional integration as well as exploring potential collaboration to achieve development goals.

“The areas covered include minimizing the adverse impact of climate change, alleviating poverty, tackling inequalities and promoting women’s empowerment, energy connectivity and technical solutions for energy efficiency, promoting and greening micro, small and medium enterprises, agriculture, education, health, food and nutrition, enhancing social security and promoting decent work for all,” she told reporters.

According to West, Duterte will discuss the Philippines’ progress in achieving the sustainable development goals, urge all parties to strengthen support for micro small and medium enterprises development and call for economic resilience amid prevailing global economic uncertainties.

The President will also encourage deeper cooperation between ASEAN, UN, IMF and the World Bank to implement ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development as well as the roles of the IMF, World Bank and the ASEAN Plus 3 macroeconomic research office in building the capacity of countries to reach their sustainable development targets.

The ASEAN Plus 3 include the Southeast Asian countries, China, Japan and South Korea.

West said the President will have pull aside meetings with at least three ASEAN leaders including Indonesian President Joko Widodo.