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German Ambassador visits Leyte

Tacloban City (February 28) -- German Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch, whose credentials were accepted by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on September 14, 2007, is scheduled to visit the province of Leyte on March 2-4, 2009.

This was learned from Ms. Cecilia Quiocho-Astilla, the Adviser for Environment and Rural Development Program of the German Technical Cooperation better known as GTZ.

Part of the itinerary of the Ambassador are visits to GTZ assisted Local Government Units in the province of Leyte. GTZ's presence is very much felt in the province of Leyte particularly in the areas of environment, natural resource management and rural development, private sector promotion and decentralization.

Two of the highlights of the visit would be the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between GTZ and the province of Leyte on March 2, 2009 as well as a probable signing of a Memorandum of Understanding or Letter of Intent to form an Alliance among coastal municipalities along the Leyte Gulf area, Ms. Astilla said.

On March 3, His Excellency the German Ambassador to the Philippines, will visit the municipality of Tanauan to observe the land use based barangay development planning, which is one among the several projects the LGU is undertaking in partnership with GTZ.

The good Ambassador is also scheduled to grace the South Maqueda Bay and South Samar Municipalities LRED Cluster Stakeholder's Forum on March 4.

Ambassador Lortsch came to the Philippines as German Ambassador in August of 2007. Before his stint in Manila, the Ambassador was assigned as Ambassador in Hanoi from 2003 to 2007.

Ambassador Lortsch, a barrister, was admitted to foreign service in 1980 and since then has been in Foreign Service with stints in about six countries to include Athens, Algiers, Peking, Kuala Lumpur and Hanoi, among others.

The Ambassador's visit is in line with the German Embassy's thrust to "promote the development of political contacts as well as contacts into civil society in one of the oldest democracies in Asia," ever focused on economic and development cooperation and cultural and educational cooperation between the two countries. (PIA 8) [top]

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