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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said among the deals signed during his visit to Japan are investments in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors.

"Economic cooperation remains a linchpin between our dynamic relations. As I sought to greater partnership to create an enabling government for both our business to thrive, I encouraged private businesses in Japan to invest in the Philippines," he said at the press conference held at the Davao City International Airport upon his arrival from Japan.

"Among the deals signed between the businesses were the investments in manufacturing and agriculture that will generate considerable number of jobs. Japan is well placed to remain as the Philippine's top trading partner," he added.

Duterte added that Japan is the country's number one partner in Official Development Assistance (ODA), "to support inclusive growth in the country."

"Under JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), high impact projects benefitting our urban and rural areas are undertaken," he said.

Japan was also asked to support Duterte's objective to pursue peace and development in Mindanao.

SOURCE: GMA NEWS
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