- Congresswoman Stella Quimbo concludes Canberra Fellowship Program participation with focus on economic collaboration.
- The Canberra Fellowships Program (CFP) was established in 2018 to bring high-calibre emerging leaders from the Indo-Pacific region to Australia.
During her visit, Congresswoman Quimbo, a former Commissioner of the Philippine Consumer Commission, explored avenues to attract Australian investors to the Philippines, with a specific emphasis on enhancing export opportunities.
Australia is not the top exporter in the Philippines, and the Philippines is not a top exporter in Australia. There are plenty of ways to increase the level of trade between the countries.
Philippine Congresswoman Stella Quimbo
Engaging with key Australian organisations
Throughout the week, Representative Quimbo engaged in discussions with Australian officials, including Minister for Trade and Tourism Senator the Hon Don Farrell and Assistant Minister for Competition Hon. Andrew Leigh MP.
The agenda also included meetings with key organisations such as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Productivity Commission, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Lowy Institute, and SBS.
She also acknowledged the support from the Australian embassy, highlighting a previous collaboration during her tenure as the former commissioner of the Philippine Consumer Commission, which was established in 2016. She noted that representatives were sent to Australia to learn from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), benefiting from valuable scholarships through the program.
Thankful for the opportunity, Congresswoman Quimbo expressed her commitment to applying the insights gained during her recent visit back to the Philippines.