Before being assigned to be the new United States Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim said that he saw a “tremendous” potential” towards the Philippine economy through the 4 million Filipinos working in the U.S.
“There is a tremendous potential here in the Philippines. It’s a very young population, a hardworking population. There is a tremendous strength and depth to America because we are such a diverse society that will continue to keep us going strong,” Kim said in an interview with a local channel.
U.S. current President Donald Trump has in his campaign and even on his term has been reiterating his ‘First Policy’ between the U.S. and its partner countries. “What President (Trump) emphasized is we wanna promote trade but what we are looking for is fair and reciprocal trade,” Kim said.
Despite the rumors about the shrinking relationship of the Philippines and the United States, the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim have said that more economic partnerships between the two countries would help strengthen the ties between the two nations.
The Ambassador has also mentioned about the U.S. forces helping in the 5-month campaign against the Islamic-inspired extremists in Marawi City–which has recently been a battleground between the terrorists and the Philippine military– providing technical information, technical advice, and equipment.
An earmarked PhP 750 million aid from U.S. would serve as an aid to address immediate, medium-term, and long-term rehabilitation projects. Kim also added that U.S is keen on putting up educational programs in the southern Philippines that would help the youth away from extremism.