THE EU AND THE PHILIPPINES: PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY

17 October 2017 | 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Solaire Resort Hotel, Paranaque City

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More than a year into the current administration, 2017 has so far been a benchmark year for the EU business community in the Philippines. This year, we have seen the continuing negotiations of the EU-Philippine Free Trade Agreement, the first year of the new Administration and Congress, steady economic growth, and the Philippines holding the ASEAN chairmanship. This year, the EU was also named the largest trading partner of the Philippines. With this in mind, the EU-Philippines Business Network (EPBN) is organizing the EU-Philippines Business Summit 2017 with the theme “The EU & the Philippines: Partners for Progress and Prosperity” on October 17, 2017, at the Solaire Resort Hotel, Paranaque City. We are inviting you to join the most important trade forum to be attended by key figures from the government and private sector.

The EU‐Philippines Business Summit is a trade forum held in celebration of EU‐PHilippine trade and investment ties as well as a key venue for facilitating dialogue between key industry players and the government. We are expecting three hundred fifty (350) participants. The full day event will include three main components. Part I in the morning will focus on EU Investment Strategies: Major Opportunities and Challenges for the EU-PH Business Community - keynote invitees will include the Vietnam Minister of Industry and Trade, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. , followed by a panel discussion on the EU-PH Free Trade Agreement and a presentation of the EPBN’s wishlist of reforms through the handover of the 3rd edition of the EU-Philippine Advocacy Papers. Part II will focus on Creating a More Competitive Business Environment for the Philippines. Keynote invitees include Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Senate Committee Chair for Trade, Commerce, and Industry Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri. Part III will focus on the ASEAN integration. Keynote invitees include Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Senate Committee Chair for Foreign Affairs Sen. Loren Legarda. Industries that will be put in focus include automotive, ICT, food and beverage, and investing in Europe.

Event Objectives

  • Discuss Philippine trade and investment regulations currently in place as well as the necessary changes to further improve the country’s position as a competitive destination for EU businesses
  • Serve as an opportunity for dialogue with key government officials on relevant issues such as tax reform, EU‐PHL FTA, and liberalizing economic activities, as well as to discuss new guidelines and directions from the government
  • Identify action points to be carried forward as joint priorities for the new administration and congress and the EU business community in the Philippines
  • Showcase business opportunities for EU businesses in high‐growth Philippine sectors
  • Showcase for Filipino businesses investing opportunities in Europe

Target Audience and Participants

Morning Session
(Policy dialogue)
  • C-level executives from European and Philippine corporations based in the Philippines
  • Corporate affairs and C-level executives from EU businesses in ASEAN
  • Corporate affairs professionals, think tanks and business associations
  • Regional business associations and bodies
  • Representatives of the executive and legislative bodies of government
Afternoon Session
(High-priority sector presentations)
  • Business development managers from relevant European companies in the Philippines, ASEAN, and Europe
  • Business development managers from relevant Philippine companies
  • European and Philippine industry associations and business clusters
  • European and Philippine entrepreneurs
  • Government representatives from DTI, DOT, TIEZA, DOH/FDA, DA/FPA, DOE, DPWH, DOTC, and GOCCs

Co-located Events

PROGRAM

TIME ACTIVITY SPEAKER
07:30AM – 08:15AM Registration
08:15AM – 08:20AM Welcome Remarks Mr. Guenter Taus
EPBN Steering Committee Chairperson
08:20AM – 08:35AM The EU and the Philippines through the Years Ambassador Franz Jessen
EU Ambassador to the Philippines
PART I
EU Investment Strategies: Major Opportunities and Challenges for the EU-PH Business Community
08:35AM – 08:55AM Maximizing economic opportunities through GSP+ and EU FTAs: The Philippine Perspective Hon. Ramon Lopez
Department of Trade and Industry Secretary
08:55AM – 09:15AM EU FTA: Looking through the Legislative Lens Sen. Ralph Recto
Senate President Pro Tempore
09:15AM – 09:35AM EU Trade Policies in the Philippines Mr. Walter van Hattum
Head of Economic and Trade Section, EU Delegation to the Philippines
09:35AM – 10:05AM Panel Discussion on the FTA:
  • DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez
  • Senate President Pro Tempore Sen, Ralph Recto
  • Industry representative
  • DFA Undersecretary Enrique Manalo
  • Makati Business Club Executive Director Peter Perfecto
10:05AM – 10:15AM Handover of the EPBN Advocacy Papers
PART II
Creating a More Competitive Business Environment for the Philippines
10:15AM – 10:30AM Keynote Speech Hon. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Former Philippine President
10:30AM – 10:45AM Keynote Speech Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri
Senate Committee Chair for Trade, Commerce, and Industry
10:45AM – 11:10AM Panel Discussion:
  • Hon. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  • Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri
  • Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan (confirmed)
  • National Competitiveness Council Co-Chairman Guillermo Luz
  • Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President George Barcelon (confirmed)
PART III
ASEAN Integration
11:10AM – 11:25AM Speech:
Hon. Alan Peter Cayetano
Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary
11:25AM – 11:55AM Panel Discussion:
  • DFA Sec. Alan Cayetano
  • Industry representative
  • EU-ASEAN Business Council Executive Director Chris Humphrey
  • ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion
11:55AM – 01:15AM Lunch Break
PART IV
High Potential Sectors in the Philippines and Investments in Europe
01:15PM – 2:10 PM Automotive and Manufacturing: Driving the EU-PH economies forward

Introduction (5min):

Speech: (3x10 min):
  1. Executive Director Corazon “Corrie” Dichosa, BOI-DTI
  2. Sec. Arthur Tugade, DOT-DOTR
  3. Mr. Arthur Tan, AC Industrials Chief Executive Officer (Volkswagen, Audi, etc.) on Future of the automotive industry.
Panel Discussion: (15 min)
  • Executive Director Corazon “Corrie” Dichosa, BOI-DTI
  • Sec. Arthur Tugade, DOT-DOTR
  • Mr. Arthur Tan, AC Industrials Chief Executive Officer
  • Energy company (future of energy: fossil fuels, electricity, among others)
    Mr. Ramon Ang, President and COO, San Miguel Corp. (Petron & BMW)
Wrap up (5 min)
02:10PM – 03:05PM ICT: Growth Game Changer

Introduction (5min)

Speech: (2x15 min)
  1. National Privacy Commissioner Raymond Enrique Liboro, National Privacy Commission
  2. Ms. Rosell Santillan-Gomez, Partner, Isla Lipana & Co./PwC Philippines
    Emerging risk in the digital revolution, digital risks and trends that companies must face (confirmed)
Panel Discussion: (15 min) Moderator
  • National Privacy Commissioner Raymond Enrique Liboro, National Privacy Commission
  • Ms. Rosell Santillan-Gomez, Partner, Isla Lipana & Co./PwC Philippines
Wrap up (5 min)
03:05PM – 03:20PM Coffee Break
03:20PM – 04:15PM Food and Beverage

Introduction (5min)

Speech: (3x10 min)
  1. Trade Net: USec Gil S. Beltran (confirmed)
  2. FDA: Director Marylyn Pagayunan (CFFR)
  3. Royal Cargo: Mr. Michael Raeuber
Panel Discussion: (15 min)
Moderator: Helen Grace Baisa, Committee Chair & CEO of Charmant Ingredients
  • USec Gil Beltran, DOF – TradeNet
  • Ms. Marylyn Pagayunan, FDA CFRR Head
  • Isidro Lapeña, Bureau of Customs Commissioner
  • BIR Caesar R. Dulay, Commissioner of Internal Revenue
  • Mr. Michael Raeuber, President, Royal Cargo
Wrap up (5 min)
04:15PM – 05:10PM Investing in Europe: Moving Beyond Borders

Introduction (5min)

Speech: (3x10 min)
  1. EU Delegation
  2. BDO
  3. Industry Player

Panel Discussion: (15 min)

Wrap up (5 min)
05:10PM – 05:25PM Closing Remarks: “EU-PH Economies Ties – Movies Forward” Hon. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo
Vice President
Republic of the Philippines

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Fidel Ventura


EU Outreach Officer
fidel.ventura@epbn.ph
 

Emmanuel de Ghellinck


Business Support Officer
emmanuel.de.ghellinck@epbn.ph
 

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