Three U.S. Trade Missions Expected to Philippines

Three U.S. Trade Missions Expected to Philippines
Business World 15 Sep 2013 THREE delegations from the United States will visit the country this year to explore business opportunities and promote education in the US, a senior official of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) said.

“The US-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) (Business Council) will be here later this year for their annual business mission. The US Department of Commerce has an energy mission coming next week (this week). And, a US Education mission will be here also later this year, to encourage Filipino students to study in the US,” AmCham Senior Adviser John D. Forbes told reporters on the sidelines of a conference last week.

Mr. Forbes would not, however, provide details of the composition of each mission and exact arrival dates.

Officials of the US Embassy in Manila were also not immediately available for comment.

The US is one of the top trading partners of the Philippines. In 2012, total trade between the two countries reached $14.513 billion.

In the latest data from the National Statistics Office, Philippine exports to the United States fell 8.65% to $610.84 million in July 2013 from $668.69 million recorded in the same month last year.