Upon the invitation of Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong and Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell, Secretary for Foreign Affairs Enrique A. Manalo and Secretary of Trade and Industry Alfredo E. Pascual will travel to Australia to jointly preside over the 6th Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting (PAMM) on 10 October 2023 in Adelaide, South Australia.

The 6th PAMM represents an important opportunity to chart the course of the newly established Strategic Partnership between the Philippines and Australia, building upon the recent meeting between President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Manila last month.

Key areas of discussion will include bilateral trade, investment, and economic relations, security and maritime cooperation, development cooperation, people-to-people exchanges, and regional and global issues of mutual interest. The Philippines and Australia share a steadfast commitment to advancing peace, stability, and prosperity in the region, amplifying the significance of this meeting. Both Secretaries hold strong confidence that the forthcoming PAMM will contribute to the deepening and broadening of cooperation between the Philippines and Australia across diverse domains, ultimately benefiting both our nations. ♦

Date of release: 09 October 2023