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Philippines, France sign joint declaration affirming cooperation on dairy sector development

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The Philippines and France have affirmed their cooperation on the development of both countries’ dairy sector, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

In a statement on Tuesday, the DA said Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Ambassador of the French Republic to the Philippines Michèle Boccoz signed, on January 17, 2022, a joint declaration affirming the two countries' commitment to ensure the development of the dairy sector.

The DA said the joint declaration builds on the agreement between the Philippines and France “to strengthen cooperation for the development of public policies in the area of food security, particularly in the dairy sector, through technical and economic partnerships between stakeholders of the Filipino and French agri-food industry.”

During the signing ceremony held via video conference, the DA said Dar expressed his gratitude to France for the ongoing cooperation between the two countries.

The Agriculture chief also conveyed his support for the upcoming cooperation actions such as the implementation of a pilot project for the integrated development of the dairy sector as well as the official visit of a Philippine delegation to France for benchmarking best practices that may be applicable to the Philippine dairy industry.

Under the joint declaration, the Philippines and France commit to “facilitate the linking of dairy producers and associations; agricultural and agri-food companies; and importers and distributors of the two counties and encourage them to find opportunities for partnerships and commercial collaborations.”

Present during the virtual signing ceremony were Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Economic Department Agri-Food Counsellor Wilfrid Fousse; Economic Counselor of French Embassy in the Philippines Olivier Ginepro; Philippine Agriculture Attaché to Rome (FAO) and Brussels (EU - non-resident attaché) Dr. Josyline Javelosa; National Dairy Authority (NDA) Officer-in-Charge, Administrator Dr. Farrell Benjelix C. Magtoto, and officers of DA and NDA.—AOL, GMA News

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