His theme was well chosen considering the fact that The Netherlands and The Phillipines enjoy 65 years of diplomatic relations and 150 years of consulair relations. On behalf of the Knights of Rizal the chapter commander of The Hague Chapter Sir Anton Lutter, KCR thanked ambassador Ledda for his hospitality and strong support of OKOR in The Netherlands. Sir Anton conveyed the good wish message from the European Regional Commander Sir Antonio Guansing, KGOR to the ambassador and the attendants.
In 2016 the Netherlands and the Philippines celebrate 65 years of diplomatic relations and 150 years of consular relations. During this Anniversary year the Embassy will organize multiple events on the theme innovation for sustainability.
The relations between The Philipines and the Netherlands are ever developing and growing. Simplest indication is growth of trade: over the last 5 years we saw a steady growth of import and export of 10 % annually. But not only trade is growing, also investments. More and more Dutch companies are interested in starting in The Philippines and again: also the other way around.
We want to use this year of celebration to further strengthen our networks, to invest in our common future. We have chosen to do that around the central theme: innovation for sustainability
We think that innovation is where the potential lies for the strengthening of our common future. Both Philipino’s and Dutch are creative people. Actually innovation is what keeps the Netherlands amongst the largest economies in the world. And the craftmanship and creativity of Philipino’s is what fuels the development of this country. Together we can get so far.