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 Guenter Taus confirmed
EPBN Steering Committee Chairperson
08:20AM – 08:35AM The EU and the Philippines through the Years H.E. Ambassador Franz Jessen confirmed
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 Sec. Ramon Lopez confirmed
Department of Trade and Industry Secretary
08:55AM – 09:15AM EU FTA: Looking through the Legislative Lens Cong. Arthur Yap confirmed
Chairperson, House Committee on Economic Affairs House of Representatives
09:15AM – 09:35AM EU Trade Policies in the Philippines Walter van Hattum confirmed
Head of Economic and Trade Section, EU Delegation to the Philippines
09:35AM – 10:05AM Panel Discussion and Open Forum:
Moderator: Atty. Anthony Abad, TradeAdvisors confirmed
  • Sec. Ramon Lopez, DTI confirmed
  • Cong. Arthur Yap, House Committee on Economic Affairs Chairperson confirmed
  • Walter van Hattum, EU Delegation Head of Economic and Trade Section confirmed
  • Vanessa Gosiengfiao, Diageo Philippines General Manager confirmed
  • Executive Director Peter Perfecto, Makati Business Club confirmed
10:05AM – 10:15AM Handover of the EPBN Advocacy Papers
10:15AM – 10:30AM Coffee Break
PART II
Creating a More Competitive Business Environment for the Philippines
10:30AM – 10:45AM Keynote Speech Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri confirmed
Senate Committee Chair for Trade, Commerce, and Industry
10:45AM – 11:10AM Panel Discussion:
Moderator: Atty. Maria Christina J. Macasaet-Acaban, Partner, Quisumbing Torres confirmed
  • Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Committee for Trade, Commerce and Industry confirmed
  • Martin Ruby, Delta Dore Asia Pacific Regional Director confirmed
  • Chairman Arsenio Balisacan, Philippine Competition Commission confirmed
  • President George Barcelon, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry confirmed
PART III
ASEAN Integration
11:10AM – 11:25AM Speech:
Hon. Alan Peter Cayetano confirmed
Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary
11:25AM – 11:55AM Panel Discussion:
Moderator: Atty. Mia Carmela T. Imperial, Partner, Quisumbing Torres confirmed
  • Sec. Alan Cayetano, DFA confirmed
  • Richard Walker, Robert Bosch Philippines Managing Director confirmed
  • Chris Humphrey, Executive Director, EU-ASEAN Business Council confirmed
  • Joey Concepcion, Chairman, ASEAN BAC confirmed
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

Speech:
  1. Executive Director Corazon “Corrie” Dichosa, BOI-DTI confirmed
  2. Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Lea Quiambao, DOTr confirmed
  3. Christopher Yu, Marketing Head, Volvo Philippines
Panel Discussion:
Moderator: James Deakin, Independent Journalist confirmed
  • Executive Director Corazon “Corrie” Dichosa, BOI-DTI confirmed
  • Asec. Lea Quiambao, DOTr confirmed
  • Christopher Yu, Marketing Head, Volvo Philippines
Wrap up
02:10PM – 03:05PM

ICT: Growth Game Changer

Introduction


Speech:

  1. Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim, Department of Information and Communications Technology confirmed
  2. Rosell Santillan-Gomez, Partner, Isla Lipana & Co./PwC Philippines confirmed
    Building Confidence in your Digital Future
  3. Commissioner Raymond Enriquez Liboro, National Privacy Commission confirmed
Panel Discussion:
Moderator: Divina Pastora V. Ilas-Panganiban, Partner, Quisumbing Torres confirmed
  • Usec. Monchito Ibrahim, DICT confirmed
  • Commissioner Raymond Enriquez Liboro, National Privacy Commission confirmed
  • Rosell Santillan-Gomez, Partner, Isla Lipana & Co. /PwC Philippines confirmed
  • Erik Moller Nielsen, President, Global Process Manager Inc. confirmed
Wrap up
03:05PM – 03:20PM Coffee Break
03:20PM – 04:15PM Food and Beverage



Speech:
  1. Usec. Gil S. Beltran, Department of Finance-TradeNet confirmed
  2. Hon. Lourdes Santiago, Deputy Director General, FDA confirmed
  3. Helen Grace Baisa, Committee Chair & CEO of Charmant Ingredients confirmed
Panel Discussion:
Moderator: Annalisa Burgos, Anchor, ABS-CBD News Channel
  • USec. Gil Beltran, DOF – TradeNet confirmed
  • Deputy Director General Lourdes Santiago, FDA confirmed
  • Bureau of Customs TBD
  • Bureau of Internal Revenue TBD
  • Helen Grace Baisa, Committee Chair & CEO of Charmant Ingredients confirmed
Wrap up
04:15PM – 05:10PM Investing in Europe: Moving Beyond Borders

Introduction

Speech:
  1. Enrico Strampelli, EU Delegation Head of Cooperation confirmed
  2. Dr. Paul Boldy, Harvey Law Group Country Manager for the Philippines confirmed
  3. Sherwin Nones,Senior Manager in Corporate Strategies, Integrated Micro- Electronics Inc., (Ayala Group) confirmed
Panel Discussion: Moderator: Regina Lay, Bloomberg TV Philippines confirmed
  • Enrico Strampelli, EU Delegation Head of Cooperation
  • Dr. Paul Boldy, Harvey Law Group Country Manager for the Philippines confirmed
  • Sherwin Nones,Senior Manager in Corporate Strategies, Integrated Micro- Electronics Inc., (Ayala Group) confirmed
  • Christina Stieber, Advantage Austria confirmed
Wrap up
05:10PM – 05:25PM Closing Remarks: “EU-PH Economies Ties – Moving Forward” Hon. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo confirmed
Vice President
Republic of the Philippines
* Note: All speakers and panelists are invited unless otherwise stated

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fidel.ventura@epbn.ph
 

Emmanuel de Ghellinck


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