Celebrating 60 years of Diplomatic Relations between Germany and the Philippines
This year, the Philippines and Germany celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Marking this special anniversary are a series of events which you will find in this link:
German Embassies and Consulates worldwide are currently experiencing significant delays occurring with the processing of Schengen-Visa applications. These delays vary from application to application. They can take up to 12 calendar days or longer, and are caused by extended data processing times.
The first German-UK-French Climate Diplomacy Day will be held on 9 September 2014. Events held that day in German, British and French missions in over 20 countries will highlight the importance of our climate diplomacy partnership, showcase successful climate projects, and emphasise the need for ongoing climate action.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s talks in Kabul on Saturday focused on the problems with the election scrutiny process and the negotiations on a government of national unity.
The European Film Festival Cine Europa celebrates its 17th year will feature 23 movies from 17 European countries. Cine Europa will take place in Manila, Baguio, Iloilo, Cebu, Leyte, Tacloban, Davao, Zamboanga, and Cagayan de Oro. The German contributions to the festival are „Scherbenpark“ (Broken Glass Park) on 16 September 2014 and "Die andere Heimat" (Home from Home) on 18 September 2014. Admission is free!
German development bank KfW will cofinance up to $2 billion over three years with Asian Development Bank (ADB) to promote development in the Asia and Pacific region, particularly in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Viet Nam. The KfW cofinancing will focus on energy, urban infrastructure, climate change, small and medium enterprise financing, vocational training, and regional integration.
Speaking in the German Bundestag, the Chancellor has explained the decision of the German government to supply weapons to Iraqi Kurds to help them in their fight against the group calling itself Islamic State (IS). "It is not only a question of alleviating the suffering of the people, but of preventing this suffering," she said.
30 September 1989: Over 4,000 people squeeze into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague. The West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher addresses them: “We’re here today to tell you that today your emigration …”
The German government is supporting the establishment of a bank catering to small and medium-sized enterprises (Center for Agricultural and Rural Development or CARD SME Bank) in the Philippines. It is the objective of this initiative to strengthen small and medium enterprises and facilitate long term access to financial services for this sector.
Under its small-scale projects scheme, the German Embassy in Manila has approved a project of the Stairway Foundation Inc., a non-profit children’s rights organization, worth around 430,000Php.
The aid organization arche noVa is one of many German organizations that helped to provide relief assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). It specifically focuses in the provision of WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) facilities. The German Federal Foreign Office has provided 140,000 Euro (about Php 8.2 million) for the relief operations of arche noVa in the Philippines.
Another highlight in with the celebrations of 60 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Germany, the Goethe-Institut Philippinen and Liceo de Cagayan University High School (Liceo U High School) have strengthened their partnership under the program, "Schools: Partners of the Future" (PASCH).
Eight Southeast Asian nationals visited the Embassy to receive their German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship grant through the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to pursue their graduate studies at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and University of the Philippines Diliman for the school year 2013/2014.