Philippines, New Zealand sign education agreement

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The Commission on Higher Education and New Zealand's Qualifications Authority forged the agreement during bilateral talks between President Rodrigo Duterte and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation was held during the bilateral meeting between the two leaders following the 31st ASEAN Summit here in Manila.

CHED chairwoman Patricia Licuanan and David Strachan, New Zealand ambassador to the Philippines, signed the agreement.

That is more progress than New Zealand has seen on the offer, first made by former prime minister John Key four years ago, in some time, Ardern said.

During the bilateral meeting, President Duterte mentioned that New Zealand is host to more than 50,000 Filipinos, to which Prime Minister Ardern said that "the Filipino community is a strong community in New Zealand".

In the informal conversation before the meeting started, they talked about travel and she said she was pleased Philippines Airlines was going to start flying direct to New Zealand from December.

Ardern also told Duterte that plans by Philippine Airlines to launch direct flights to New Zealand beginning next month offered a "fantastic opportunity".

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Two motions introduced in Australia's parliament by the Labor and Green parties, and passed in the upper house yesterday, call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to approve the New Zealand proposal. No doubt about it.

"I've seen public statements from him so I've seen his position on it but obviously we're working with the Australian government on the issue", she said.

Turnbull this month rejected the refugee resettlement offer from his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, preferring instead to work through an existing refugee swap deal he negotiated with former US President Barack Obama previous year.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Prime Minister said she is looking at bolstering trade relations between New Zealand and the Philippines.

"We always contribute to humanitarian efforts around the place and I'm sure this will be on some assistance within what is a very large Australian budget of close to $1 billion".

"Canada is a Pacific country, as you well know, and being able to engage on broader issues of security, of development, of human rights, of economic opportunity - broader than just the APEC group - is very much in line with how Canada wants to and should engage constructively with the region and, indeed, with the world".

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