Croatia–Philippines relations refers to the diplomatic relations that were established between Croatia and the Philippines on February 25, 1993, soon after the Philippines recognized Croatia as an independent nation in 1992. The two countries have developed agreements on cooperation in the fields of culture and sports, which aim to pave the way for greater people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. The two countries have links between their shipping industries, including port management, investment, and seafarers, and they propose to extend this to cooperation in shipbuilding and the navies.
In 1993 the governments signed an agreement abolishing the requirement for a visa for holders of diplomatic and official passports.
In 1995 the governments reached an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation.
In 2005 the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs developed a protocol on cooperation between the two nations.
In 2009 the governments signed an agreement on cultural cooperation.
In 2009 the Croatian Ministry of Sports and the Philippine Board of Sports signed a memorandum on cooperation in the field of sports.
In 2012, Croatia and the Philippines conducted their second political consultation in Manila. This was conducted at the sub-ministerial level according to a protocol signed in 2005. The meeting identified shipbuilding as a potential area of cooperation.
Trade and investment
International Container Terminal Services Inc., a Philippine port operation company operates Brajdica Container Terminal, the shipping container terminal at the Port of Rijeka, Croatia's largest port, and also owns a majority stake in Adriatic Gate Container Terminal, a Croatian port operation company. The Philippine ambassador Lourdes Yparraguirre was present at the signing, and hailed the deal as "a major boost to enhancing bilateral relations between the vibrant economies".
In 2012 the Defence ministers of both countries met during an official Croatian delegation visit to the Philippines. They discussed potential cooperation on military technology, shipbuilding, and between their respective navies, particularly in combating piracy. They anticipated and stressed the importance of signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the countries regarding logistics and the defence industry. During the meeting, Croatia offered to build ships for the Philippine Coast Guard and overhaul existing ships, as well as pistols and assault rifles manufactured to NATO standards.
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