OZ PM Gillard: Aquino to be in OZ for 4-day visit

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CANBERRA, Australia/19 October 2012 by Frencie Carreon—Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced here that Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III along with Philippine senior ministers and Philippine business leaders will be in-country on 23 to 26 October.  The official visit is upon invitation of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth Government of Australia, and the Queen of England’s Official Representative, Ms. Quentin Bryce.

TPSA Editor Frencie Carreon and William Hailaya from Tawi-Tawi and 14 other Australian Leadership Awardees from the Philippines are welcomed by Her Excellency Gov. Gen. Quentin Bryce to Australia in this photo taken in March of 2010. THE PHILSOUTH ANGLE FILE PHOTO

Aquino is expected to be in New Zealand prior to his visit to the Land Down Under.  He will specifically be in Canberra, the official capital, and Sydney, the entertainment capital.  On top of the agenda for the visit are the State Lunch in his honour at the Government House in Canberra, trade and investment talks with the Australian business sector a series of meetings with the Filipino community here, a visit to the Australian War Memorial, where he is to lay a wreath, and an unveiling ceremony of the statue of the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

Among the evening functions are the dinners with the Asia Society in Shangrila Hotel, Sydney, and with the Filipino-Australian Business Council.

“Australia and the Philippines enjoy a warm and wide-ranging relationship with a long history of bilateral cooperation, and share mutual interests in the prosperity, development and security of the region,” a  press statement from the Office of the Australian Prime Minister states.

Australia has had a number of development assistance projects especially in southern Philippines, that vary from infrastructure, roads and public highways, media support, and education, to name a few.  (Frencie Carreon, The PhilSouth Angle)

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