Trade Envoy to the Philippines

2016 08 Trip 22

I was general manager of an airline in the Philippines from 1984-6 and travelled widely there; I also learned Tagalog. In August 2016 I went back to the Philippines as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy. I had discussions with President Duterte and key ministers on trade, investment, infrastructure, the rule of law and more widely how our two countries can work more closely together. Direct flights from Heathrow to Manila on Philippines Airlines (PAL) literally helps to bring us closer, and Brexit offers potentially good news for sugar cane producers.

It was great to be back in Manila, Cebu and seeing UK businesses like Prudential thrive. Infrastructure is crucial to Cebu’s continued success, as Governor Davide told me. The Public-Private Partnership Centre is key for projects like the Mactan-Cebu Airport. You can read more about my trip on the ABS-CBN news channel website here or watch below.