By Genalyn Kabiling
Da Nang, Vietnam – President Duterte has emerged as a “leader of the developing world” after challenging rich nations to help countries left behind by globalization.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque gave this assessment of the President’s participation on the final day of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam where he vigorously advocated for inclusive growth in global trade.
“I think the President has proven that he is not just the leader of the Philippines, he’s not just the Chairman of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) but he is a recognized leader for the rest of the developing world when he called that globalization should result in benefits for all,” Roque said during a press conference at the International Media Center here.
“He specifically addressed members of the APEC to seek measures to assist those who have been left behind because of the process of globalization,” he added.
President Duterte, in his recent remarks before the APEC Business Advisory Council, said globalization has damaged poor economies and called for “remedial measures” to address the situation.
Duterte said globalization must not only lead to wealth generation but also equitable wealth distribution. He then urged rich nations to share their knowledge and expertise to uplift poor nations.
Roque said the President was speaking for developing nations when he said globalization should not result in countries being left behind.
“While some countries, mostly the rich countries have been promoting free trade, that they appeared to be encouraging restrictions to trade somehow on some aspects,” he said.
“So he therefore stated that for all-inclusive growth, globalization must result to benefits for all, rich and poor countries alike,” he added.
The President earlier joined 20 other Pacific Rim leaders on discussions on regional economic integration and inclusive growth. The leaders also tackled efforts on promoting competitiveness and innovation for small businesses and enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture.
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