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About the Webinar
The Philippines has enacted one of the world’s strictest lockdowns to fight COVID-19, dampening growth in a dynamic economy of 100 million people that has seen services and e-commerce take off but has lagged its neighbors as a manufacturing source and tourism hub.
The uncertainty has led the country to hone its complex position in Southeast Asia and the world. Under President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines has steadily warmed to China even as it challenges the latter’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, plans to terminate the presence of U.S. troops in the country have been delayed during the pandemic, offering hope for a recalibration of the relationship.
Join Global Atlanta, in partnership with the Atlanta Council on International Relations, for an exclusive conversation with Jose Manuel Romualdez, Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States, to discuss the Philippines’ response to COVID-19, its plans to win over foreign investors and efforts to navigate a new era of Pacific partnerships during a time of global turmoil.
About H. E. Jose Manuel G. Romualdez
Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America Jose Manuel “Babe” del Gallego Romualdez was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America in July 2017 by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. On 29 November 2017, he presented his credentials to US President Donald J. Trump and formally assumed office as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Additionally, as the head of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., Ambassador Romualdez is concurrently the Philippines’ emissary to the Commonwealth of Jamaica, Republic of Haiti; Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Dominica; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; and Saint Lucia.
Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Romualdez was designated as a special envoy of the Philippine President to the United States. He also served as a member of several Philippine business delegations visiting the United States, China, Japan and New Zealand from 1989 to 2012.
Ambassador Romualdez has extensive experience as a media practitioner and business executive. He used to be the Chief Executive Officer of Stargate Media Corporation and Publisher of People Asia Magazine (The Philippine Star affiliate). He was president of the Manila Overseas Press Club and vice-president of Rotary Club of Manila.
Ambassador Romualdez writes columns for The Philippine Star. All his columns have a wide following of readers both in the Philippines and abroad.
Born and raised in Manila, Ambassador Romualdez received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from De La Salle College in 1970. He plays golf as a pastime, and is affiliated with Manila Golf and Country Club and the Manila Polo Club.
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