PH, TH thank AUS for facilitating cigarette trade dispute understanding
Philippine and Thai delegations to the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) have expressed gratitude to the Australian government through Assistant Minister for Trade Don Farrell (middle) for the successful facilitation by Australian Ambassador to the WTO George Mina (first from right) of the Philippine-Thai negotiations on an agreement aimed to settle cigarette trade disputes between the two ASEAN countries.
Minister Farell is in Geneva as one of the three vice-chairs of MC12, where he advocated for a WTO pandemic response, agricultural reform, an agreement to limit subsidies that undermine fish stocks, and a mandate to reform the WTO.
Prior to the opening ceremony, Minister Farrell chaired a meeting of the Cairns Group Ministers, a coalition of 19 agricultural countries committed to agricultural reform in the WTO, where he met Philippine MC12 Head of Delegation Undersecretary Rodolfo Ceferino of the Department of Trade and Industry (second from right), Philippine Ambassador to the WTO Manuel AJ Teehankee (first from left), and Thai Ambassador to the WTO Pimchanok Pitfield (second from left).
Ambassadors Teehankee and Pitfield concluded the negotiation last June 7 at the WTO in the presence of Ambassador Mina and WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
International Geneva Welcomes Unveiling of Emmanuel Garibay’s Global Filipino Mural at the new Philippine Chancery in Geneva
Ambassador Manuel A.J. Teehankee and Mr. Emmanuel Garibay
31 May 2022
The Philippines Missions in Geneva unveiled on 20 May 2022 a grand mural with the theme of the Global Filipino. The Global Filipino mural, which measures an impressive 3.5 meters by 5 meters, was borne from Ambassador Manuel A.J. Teehankee’s idea to collaborate with renowned Filipino artist Mr. Emmanuel “Manny” Garibay’s on the creation of an ambitious artistic centerpiece for the newly opened Philippine Chancery Building in Geneva.
The Formal Unveiling was co-hosted by Ambassador Manuel A.J. Teehankee, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the WTO, Ambassador Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, and Mr. Felipe F. Cariño III, Consul General of the Philippine Consulate in Geneva.
(L-R): Ms. Mary Grace C. Yap, H.E. Amb. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, Mr. Emmanuel Garibay, H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J. Teehankee, H.E. Amb. Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia (ret.), H.E. Amb. Uriel Norman R. Garibay (ret.)
In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Teehankee noted that: “The Philippine Chancery Building can serve as a hub for engagement between the Filipino community and International Geneva as well as a forum to promote Filipino culture through the Rizal Library, and in future a possible Sentro Rizal in Geneva.”
In her closing remarks, Ambassador Almojeula highlighted that: “The mural painting is a legacy project by the Missions in Geneva that exhibits the uniqueness, beauty, and complexity of the Philippine art to Filipino and foreign visitors alike and is intended to be strategically displayed in the Mission public area to encourage a sense of pride, joy, and nationalism among our Filipino kababayan who can now call the newly-opened chancery as their home away from the mother country” according to Ambassador Almojuela.
The project was seen to fruition through a multi-faceted partnership between the Philippine Mission to the UN, the Philippine Mission to the WTO, the Philippine Consulate General Geneva, Mr. Garibay, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Dr. Francis Chua, Chairman Emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the International Chamber of Commerce (Philippines) and the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, M3 Immobilier, and the DFA’s Office of Asset Management and Support Services (OAMMS).
The formal unveiling of the Global Filipino mural
Mr. Emmanuel Garibay’s work shows a stunning combination of social realism and avant-garde figurative expression, seriousness, humor, sharp social critique, and humane character depiction. What is achieved through his carefully crafted work is effective storytelling of people in scenes of social, political, and religious complexity
(L-R): Mme. Solveig Bregger, H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J. Teehankee, M3 CEO Mr. Abdallah Chatila, Mme. Guadalupe da Silva Nunes, Mme. Corrine Chazaut-Follmi
(L_R): Mme. Guadalupe da Silva Nunes, H.E. Amb. Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia (ret.), Dr. Tony Glaser , H.E. Amb. Tan Hung Seng, - , Mr. Abdallah Chatila, Mr. Patrick Amon, H.E. Amb. Rongvudhi Virabutr, H.E. Mr. Latsamy Keomany , H.E. Amb. Ei Ei Tin , H.E. Amb. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J Teehankee
(L-R): Mr. Jet Olfato, H.E. Amb. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela and H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J. Teehankee
(L-R): H.E. Amb. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, Mr. Emmanuel Garibay and H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J. Teehankee
(L-R): Mr. Raul Teehankee, H.E. Amb. Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia (ret.),Ms. Desiree Bautista
(L-R): Mr. Emmanuel Garibay, Mr. Raul Teehankee, H.E. Amb. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, H.E. Amb. Manuel A.J. Teehankee, Mrs. Grace Jao Thack
PHILIPPINE MISSION TO THE WTO COMMEMORATES THE 122ND INDEPENDENCE DAY IN AN INTIMATE FLAG RAISING CEREMONY
Officers and staff of the Philippine Mission to the WTO in Geneva sing the National Anthem in commemoration of the 122th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence (12 June 2020)
H.E. Ambassador Manuel A.J. Teehankee, Philippine Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, delivering the Independence Day message of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(L-R): Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration - H.E. Mr. Dagfinn SØRLI (Norway); Committee on Balance-of-Payments Restrictions – H.E. Miss Cheryl K. SPENCER (Jamaica); Committee on Trade and Development – H.E. Mr. Chad BLACKMAN (Barbados); Committee on Trade Facilitation – H.E. Mohammad Qurban HAQJO (Afghanistan); Dispute Settlement Body – H.E. Dr. David WALKER (New Zealand); General Council – H.E. Ms. Sunanta KANGVALKULKIJ (Thailand); Trade Policy Review Body – H.E. Mr. Manuel A.J. TEEHANKEE (Philippines); Council for Trade in Goods – H.E. Mr. José Luís CANCELA GÓMEZ (Uruguay); Committee on Trade and Environment – Mr. Jean-Marie PAUGAM (France); Committee on Agriculture – Ms. Christiane Daleiden Distefano (Luxembourg); Council for TRIPS – H.E. Mr. Lundeg PUREVSUREN (Mongolia); Working Group on Trade and Transfer of Technology – H.E. Dr. Rashidi SAID (Malaysia)
22 June 2022
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