US envoy optimistic on PH economic growth

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is bullish with the country’s economic growth given its population’s “tremendous potential.”

In a television interview on December 26, Kim said the “very young” and “hardworking” population of the country could further propel its quest to achieving economic growth.

He noted he has long seen this potential even before serving as the new representative of the US to the Philippines through the four million Filipinos working in America.

“There is tremendous strength and depth to America because we are such a diverse society and I think that will continue to keep us going strong,” he said, stressing economic partnerships would help strengthen ties between the Philippines and the US.

For this, Kim clarified that US President Donald Trump’s First Policy should not hinder Filipino businessmen to target more investment opportunities in America.

“What the President (Trump) emphasized is we wanna promote trade but what we are looking for is fair and reciprocal trade,” he said.

He also urged the critics to “look at what we are doing together rather than focusing on public statements.”

“If you look at what the two governments are doing together, what the two militaries are doing together, I think you will get a good sense of the depth of the relationship,” he said.

Aside from the support the US provided, such as technical information, advise, and equipment, to the five-month battle between government troops and the Maute militants, Kim disclosed the US government has also vowed to give a P750 million in aid to support the Marawi rehabilitation projects.

He said the US also seeks to introduce education programs to the southern island as to guard the youth from becoming extremists.

“It is important to help these young people make smart decisions and to resist when these evil people try to recruit them for evil purposes,” he said

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