Pursuit of Political rights together with Economic rights
Pictured (l-r) at a Seminar: Philippines foreign policy and its implications in Southern Africa hosted at the University of Pretoria (UP) on 27 June 2013 are Mr Roland Henwood, Lecturer, UP, HE Mr Constancio R Vingno Jr, Ambassdor of the Philippines in South Africa, H.E Laura Q. del Rosario, Deputy Minister of international Economic Relations of the Philippines and Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria.
“When I look at the South African flag I think of humankind and all its possibilities,” said the Deputy Minister of international Economic Relations of the Philippines, H.E Laura Q. del Rosario, at a lecture she presented at the University of Pretoria on 27 June 2013.
Introducing Minister Del Rosario, H.E Constancio Vingno Jr, Ambassador of the Philippines to South Africa, highlighted the many achievements and accolades she received during her illustrious career. He also reflected on her vast experience in international relations and economics.
Minister Del Rosario began her lecture by making a comparison between economic rights and political rights, referring to how these are viewed and practised by various countries and their constitutions.
The gross happiness Index is how Bhutan is seeking to measure the wellbeing of its citizens. In the USA, it is freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness. Other countries view economic freedom as a priority while political freedoms are restricted. In the Philippines she explained, they want to pursue political and economic rights together.
Her view is that there should be no limitations on trade except for the utility sectors like energy and water. She believes that nationalisation, like monopolisation is a deterrent for investors but also cautioned on the kind and size of investment which may bring on undue influence on political rights.
Her hope is for the rise of the African continent to bring balance to the growth in Asia and together take a leading role on the world stage.