President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ended his six-day working visit to the United States on a high note, describing the trip as a “success” as he bannered the country’s economic rebound trajectory on the back of sound macroeconomic fundamentals and enabling policies to potential investors and members of the Filipino community alike.
“I consider the trip a success and overall I am satisfied with the work that we have done. What we set out to do, we were able to do so.
And all the people we wanted to talk to were very much ready to talk to us,” the President said in an interview with members of the media delegation in New York prior to his departure for Manila.
Mr. Marcos is set to arrive in the country at around 6:30 a.m. today (Sunday).
“That kind of response is of course very gratifying. So that is the way I see the trip here to New York. Of course the central purpose was to speak before the United Nations General Assembly and I called for unity on a global scale and the response I think was very good.”
“We have made progress and all in all I’m very happy we came. I am very happy with the results of the visit,” he added.
In an earlier dialog with members of the Asia Society, the President laid out his ultimate economic goal – that of ensuring that no Filipino goes hungry again.
“I have been asked what is the absolute end result that we are hoping to achieve and it’s very simple for me: not one more hungry Filipino.
It’s a very simple aim. It’s a very simple goal. But I dare say, it is not necessarily a simple problem to solve, and it requires a great deal of effort and thinking on the part of the public sector,” he said.
Mr. Marcos said his administration has laid out measures that will help reinvigorate the economy.
“We don’t want to just catch up. We want to go beyond that. We have no interest in going back to pre-pandemic levels. What we are interested in is to flourish further and to position the Philippines in such a way that we can take full advantage of the new economies and the new industries that have come to light,” he said.
The President said the Philippines is a “viable and smart” investment destination, given its macroeconomic fundamentals, enabling policies, and human capital.
“They recognize the Philippines, our country, for its business-friendly policies, a very competent workforce, and a network of economic zones,” he said, adding that “investor-friendly” laws that seek to “leverage game-changing reforms” have been put in place.
During his stay in New York, Mr. Marcos met with members of the US-ASEAN Business Council, the US Chamber of Commerce and World Bank, as well as top executives of American global food corporation Cargill and P&G.
Aside from his dialog with Biden, the President also met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair.