PH, US agree to pursue key investments in power, infra

DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual and United States (US) Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo have agreed to pursue key investments in power generation, mineral processing and infrastructure in the Philippines.

In his recent meeting with Raimondo in New York City, the DTI chief shared his intention to attract more US investments in power generation, especially in the field of renewable energy such as geothermal, solar and wind for the Philippines. This is in line with the government’s plan to address the energy supply and the rising cost of traditional power generation in the country through untapped resources.

During the meeting, Pascual also agreed to an infrastructure business matching between the Philippines and the US. He also requested Raimondo’s support for the reauthorization of the US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) that will provide duty-free privileges to several Philippine-made products exported to the US.

Aside from scaling up the renewable energy sector, the Philippines also wants to explore investment opportunities in green metals in partnership with US firms. The Philippines has vast resources of nickel and cobalt which are key inputs for battery manufacturing, and copper, which is an important input for the production and manufacture of technology products.

“These investments are timely as we promote the e-vehicle industry and production of high technology products in the Philippines,” Pascual was quoted as saying in a statement released by DTI.

“The Philippines wants to add value by processing these mineral resources instead of simply exporting ores,” Pascual added.

The trade chief also highlighted the key policy reforms that enable, among others, 100 percent foreign ownership in key sectors such as telecommunications, shipping, air carriers, railway and subways.

“Attracting foreign investments into our country is a top priority of the new Administration. We will build on recent policy reforms, particularly amendments to the Foreign Investments Act, Public Service Act, and Retail Trade Liberalization Act,” he said.

With the country’s participation in the US-led Indo Pacific Economic Framework, Pascual expressed the desire of the Philippines to further closely engage with the global economic giant in promoting and generating investments while advocating labor rights, environment and good governance. (with PR)