The Philippines and United States (US) will hold their Third Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) on December 11 to 12 in Manila.
The PH-US BSD is a sub-ministerial mechanism for regular consultations on a broad range of issues such as economy, rule of law, diplomatic engagement and defense. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of National Defense will take the lead for the Philippine Government in this forum.
The 3rd BSD will be co-chaired by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Erlinda Basilio and National Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino for the Philippine side and State Department Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell and Defense Assistant Secretary Mark Lippert for the US.
“We expect the third BSD to continue our countries’ high-level consultation and exchange of views on bilateral, regional, and global issues which reflect our common values and converging interests,” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario.
Secretary Del Rosario said that 2012 saw an accelerated deepening of Philippine-US relations, beginning with the second BSD in January, the first ever 2+2 Ministerial Consultations in April, and President Benigno S. Aquino III’s official visit to the US in June.
“Our partnership with the US is strategically important to us as our country deals with a wide range of emerging challenges, from natural disasters to maritime disputes. The third BSD will assess where our maturing relationship with the United States is at present and where it should take us in 2013,” Secretary del Rosario added.
During the third BSD, the Philippines and the US expect to discuss increased economic linkages, inclusive growth, judicial reform, law enforcement capacity building, maritime security, defense cooperation, and regional and global issues, among others.
“We will end this year on a high note. We look forward to finding fresh avenues to further deepen our engagement with the United States,” Secretary del Rosario said.