Danish envoy stresses need for 'consistent, clear' PH policy
MANILA, Philippines – Danish Ambassador to Manila Jan Top Christensen stressed the need for "consistent and clear policy announcements" from the Philippine government to bring in more businesses into the country.
"If we have, and will see in the coming years, consistent and clear policy announcements, and implementation of these announcements, then I'm very sure that we'll be able to bring many more Danish businesses to the Philippines, no doubt about that," Christensen said at the Nordic Ambassadors' Luncheon on Thursday, November 17.
In an interview with reporters, Christensen explained that businesses "need a clear road ahead" so it becomes easier "to make business decisions."
Christensen was later asked about the controversial, sometimes flip-flopping statements of President Rodrigo Duterte. Critics have described Duterte's words as inconsistent and unclear.
The US alone has said Duterte's rhetoric creates a "climate of uncertainty" about the Philippines' intentions.
Christensen said of Duterte's controversial statements: "I've heard about that, but…when it comes to business issues, I think what I've seen also from the President is that he's sticking to the 10-point socioeconomic agenda and I think that's the guidance given to the private sector, and I'm really happy about that."
He added that Duterte's Cabinet members dealing with businessmen "are all very professional people" who give "very clear" guidance to the private sector.
'Progressive' socioeconomic plan
Christensen also hailed the government's 10-point socioeconomic agenda as "progressive and future-oriented."
Like him, Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Erik Førner praised the 10-point socioeconomic plan.
At the same time, Førner supported Duterte's push for the peace process, with Norway acting as the third-party facilitator in peace talks between the Philippine government and communist rebels.
"Peace is good for everyone. It is good for business," the ambassador said.
Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries added that Sweden notes "many positive developments and policies" in the Philippines.
He said Swedish businessmen, for instance, "were very impressed and optimistic" when they visited the Philippines recently.
He then noted the plan of Swedish furniture giant Ikea to open stores in the Philippines.
Praising the Philippine economy, Fries said, "The fundamentals here are right." – Rappler.com