Advertisement

PH bides time in free US trade agreement

The Philippines is taking its time before pushing for a meeting with US negotiators to continue the discussions over a proposed free trade agreement.

The discussions are still limited to exploratory talks.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the Philippine team was aware of the internal processes that the US needed to prioritize despite an open declaration from the US Trade Representative that the Philippines was next in line for the FTA.

“They know our interest is there so we’re making the big push, for now. They know we are here, we’ve been waiting and that we are prepared to start the discussions anytime,” Lopez said.

He added the FTA was the reason why the Philippine was striving hard to conclude the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the US.

The Philippines is not sure if the lukewarm response to Philippine-US FTA is the general mood in the US Congress.

“That’s why we have to leave it up to them (US), their own politics. The USTR will have to deal with that, particularly if they are confident with the Congress,” said Lopez.

Topics: Philippines , United State , free trade agreement , Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez
COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Manila Standard. Comments are views by manilastandard.net readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of manilastandard.net. While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with Manila Standard editorial standards, Manila Standard may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section.
AdvertisementGMA-Congress Trivia 1
Advertisement