NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – The Philippine authorities might signal a memorandum of understanding with Myanmar on food safety and agricultural cooperation on the second day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first go to to the nation.

This is a part of what Duterte hopes to realize throughout his two-day go to right here, Philippine Ambassador to Myanmar Alex Chua mentioned in an interview on Friday in Yangon, which was aired by the Presidential Broadcast Staff Radio-Television Malacañang.

Meanwhile, shortly after arriving right here Sunday night, Duterte will meet with members of the Filipino group within the nation.

The Philippines’ main imports from Myanmar are agricultural merchandise, whereas the Philippines’ high exports to Myanmar are medicaments for therapeutic or prophylactic makes use of, Chua mentioned.

The settlement might cowl cooperation for planting of hybrid rice on an preliminary 14,000 hectares in Myanmar utilizing Philippine expertise, based on Henry Lim Bon Liong, chief government officer of SL Agritech Corp.(SLAC), a Philippine hybrid rice seed agency.

Lim is a part of Duterte’s personal sector delegation to Myanmar.

“Hopefully Kuya Rody – that’s how we call him in our Go Negosyo group – will be able to set foot on a hybrid rice field soon and ensure that we won’t need to import rice,” Lim mentioned in an announcement.

The pilot planting in Myanmar will probably be a three way partnership with personal corporations Nine Seas and Water Stone, Lim mentioned.

Meanwhile, Chua mentioned he expects Duterte’s bilateral talks on Monday with President Htin Kyaw, Myanmar’s first civilian chief government in 5 many years, to “include talks on improving trade and investment relations.”

Duterte will even meet with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to “discuss regional cooperation;” and Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, armed forces commander-in-chief, to “explore deepening of bilateral defense cooperation,” Chua added.

Joining Duterte in his Myanmar are performing Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, national safety adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Deneral Isidro Lapeña, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, and Senator Vicente Sotto III.

Myanmar is the on Southeast Asian nation Duterte has not but visited.

The Philippines is that this yr’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations chair, because the area celebrates the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Asean. /atm

Source: inquirer