THE ASEAN COMMITTEE IN SANTIAGO VISITS SUTIL FACTORIES AND HOLDS NETWORKING LUNCH WITH CHILEAN BUSINESS LEADERS
Officials of the ASEAN Committee in Santiago join Pacific Nuts & Dried Fruits managers following a manufacturing plant tour
(Santiago, 27 May 2022) As part of its Economic Diplomacy promotion and networking initiatives, the Philippine Embassy in Santiago and the rest of the ASEAN Committee in Santiago (ACS) under Thailand’s chairmanship conducted a working visit to factories under Empresas Sutil—one of Chile’s most important agroindustry giants. Sutil is the mother company of Pacific Nuts & Dried Fruits, Coagra (agri-solutions), Abrantes (mushrooms), Olmue (berries), Banagro (agro-finance), and Top Wine Group which manages the Sutil vineyard. The Philippine Embassy was represented by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Jim Tito B. San Agustin, Consul Dennis Briones, and Special Assistant to the Head of Post Paula Rodriquez during the visit.
It is expected that Sutil will be one of the leading companies eyeing the Philippines as a market once the PHL-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is signed in the near future. The ACS, composed of the PHL, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, was specifically given a tour of the Pacific’s prunes and walnuts processing facilities within the Santiago Region Metropolitana and the O’Higgins Region. Company managers also shared their best practices in production, sustainability and quality management.
The trips to the Pacific Nuts & Dried Fruits manufacturing plants were immediately followed by a lunch and networking activity held at the estate of Mr. Juan Eduardo Errazuriz, Co-President of SOFOFA, Chile’s main industry and manufacturing promotion arm. He was joined by Mr. Miguel Conda, CEO of the Chilean Exporters Association, Mr. Juan Carlos Dominguez, VP of the Food Exporters Association, Mr. Oscar Jadue Salvador, President of the Chile-Thailand Business Council, and other businessmen and stakeholders. The Chilean hosts and ACS agreed to continue supporting Chile’s trade and investment pivot to ASEAN as well as to continue facilitating partnerships promoting Southeast Asian products and businesses in Chile.
The Philippines is due to assume the chairmanship of the ACS in August 2022. END
ACS Heads of Posts and Chilean business leaders pose for a photo at the estate of Juan Eduardo Errazuriz
Santiago PE officers CDA Jim Tito San Agustin and Consul Dennis Briones (upper-left photo) join festivities held at the US Embassy to commemorate the ANHPI Heritage Month.
(Santiago, 26 May 2022) As part of its Cultural and Public Diplomacy initiatives, the Philippine Embassy in Santiago participated in the celebration of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (ANHPI) Heritage Month held at the US Embassy in Las Condes on 26 May 2022. The program featured remarks by Embassy officials, cultural presentations and samplings of Asian cuisine. Also in attendance were members of the diplomatic corps from the Embassies of Japan, Republic of Korea, and the Economic and Cultural Office of Taiwan.
The ANHPI Heritage Month celebration was spearheaded by US Embassy Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs Ms. Mariju Boffil, an American diplomat of Filipino descent. She was joined by her family who flew in from various parts of the US and gamely performed vocal and dance renditions of Filipino classics: Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal, Kuratsa, Ay Ay Kalisud and Dahil Sayo.
In his remarks, Philippine Chargé d’Affaires, a.i, Jim Tito B. San Agustin underscored the crucial role of Filipino-Americans during the labor movement in California, specifically Filipino labor leader Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz of the Asian American Movement. For his part, Consul Dennis John Briones highlighted the small but growing number of overseas Filipinos in Chile and thereafter invited guests to partake on the lumpiang shanghai specially prepared by the Embassy’s Cultural Officer himself, Mr. Jeffry Aranda.
This ANHPI Heritage Month celebration is one of many partnerships between the Philippine Embassy and the US Embassy in Chile. The two Embassies have a history of close collaboration in addressing ATN cases of Filipino-Americans in Chile as well as in coordinating the repatriation of stranded Filipino-Americans in South America during the height of the pandemic in 2020. END
Santiago PE's Special Election Boards for the 2022 PHL National Elections counting and canvassing of overseas votes from Chile, Peru and Ecuador
Santiago PE's Special Election Boards for the 2022 PHL National Elections successfully complete the counting and canvassing of overseas votes from Chile, Peru and Ecuador on 9-10 May 2022.END
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