CLARK FREEPORT ZONE – “This was a good point for cooperation between our two countries in the field of transportation.”
Germany’s State Secretary of Transportation Michael Odenwald was quoted thus when he came to Clark Development Corporation (CDC). During his historic visit to the Philippines, Michael Odenwald also met Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.
Odenwald came here in response to Tugade’s invitation. The two first met in Berlin during Tugade’s official trip to strengthen economic ties between Germany and Philippines.
Earlier during his visit, Odenwald signed an agreement with Tugade regarding services on maritime transportation.
Odenwald was accompanied by Dr. Andreas Klippe, himself a German national and an investor in Clark Freeport Zone. Klippe is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Dr. Klippe Philippines Corporation, which houses the Flood Control Asia RS.
Aside from accompanying Odenwald, Klippe also acted as a bridge between Odenwald and Clark’s business community, as he is also the vice chairperson of Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA).
A Perfect Partnership in the Making
“The objective is to show that world that the Philippines is now open for business,” said Tugade when asked about his meeting with Odenwald.
Tugade also stressed that Philippines’ relationships with other countries should be guided by principles of good governance, which the Duterte administration aims to achieve within six years.
“I was able to see for myself that the Philippines is on the right track,” said Odenwald, who seemed satisfied with Philippines’ opening to foreign relations.