Noting two projects of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) featured during the occasion – Eco-Fish and CEnergy – the Ambassador praised these joint efforts by the U.S. government and the Philippine government to promote sustainable fisheries, address energy security and combat climate change. "Our governments’ cooperation via the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation is helping preserve the biodiversity of the Philippines’ forests. And our bilateral Science and Technology Agreement ensures that the best science and technology will be available to meet the challenges of sustainability," Thomas added.
The Philippines' Secretary of Tourism Ramon Jimenez Jr. joined Ambassador Thomas in noting the natural and creative riches of the Philippines and the role both can play in fueling a resurgent economy. As part of the event on sustainable style, one exhibit showcased compelling stories of how the U.S. and the Philippines are working together towards a more sustainable future. Another exhibit space featured American companies and their stories of successfully supporting sustainable development through U.S.-Filipino partnerships.
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