Promoting cooperation and policy formulation

The Griffith Asia Institute has co-hosted international dialogue with Philippine based institutions for many years. These two track dialogues seek to explore opportunities for cooperation and policy formulation in the areas of economic development and security in the Asia-Pacific.

The Griffith Asia Institute has partnered with the Foreign Services Institute in Manila, the prime training and research institute for Philippine foreign policy, diplomacy, and related fields and a recognised centre for language learning as well as the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). PIDS research is aimed at helping government planners and policy-makers in the executive and legislative branches of government. Its primary clientele consists of the network of agencies which make up the National Economic and Development Authority.

About the partnership

The Philippine-Australia Dialogues aim to strengthen the institutional links between Griffith Asia Institute and Philippine Institute for Development Studies, both members of the APEC Study Centre Consortium.  The Philippine Institute for Development Studies has been leading the Philippine APEC Study Centre Network (PASCN) since 1997 and Griffith Asia Institute established an APEC Study Centre in 2013, one of  only two Australian member institutes in the global APEC Study Centre Consortium.

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First dialogue

The first Philippine-Australia Dialogue (PAD) was instigated by the Australian Government in 1997. This initiative was subsequently upgraded to a joint ministerial meeting in 2005.  Griffith Asia Institute’s predecessor, Griffith University's Centre for Study of Asia Australia Relations, was the host of the first PAD in 1997.

Past Dialogues

Past dialogues have focused on the bilateral relationship around the economic and trade partnership and the broader security issues within the Asia-Pacific region.  Topics have included:

  • ‘Economic diplomacy and the APEC agenda’;
  • ‘The South China Sea – Managing tensions, revisiting regional efforts and fostering cooperation’; and
  • ‘Australia-Philippines two track security dialogue’.

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