17 October 2017 | 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Shangri-La at the Fort

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 Fort Shangri-La, Manila. 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



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
EU Investment Strategies: Major Opportunities and Challenges for the EU-PH Business Community
08:35AM – 08:55AM EU FTA: Vietnam Perspective H.E. Vu Huy Hoang
Vietnam Minister of Industry and Trade


EU Free Trade Agreement: South Korea Perspective South Korean Trade Minister

08:55AM – 09:15AM Maximizing economic opportunities through GSP+ and EU FTAs: The Philippine Perspective Keynote Speech:
Hon. Ramon Lopez
Department of Trade and Industry Secretary
09:15AM – 09:35AM EU FTA: Looking through the Legislative Lens Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel Jr.
Senate President
09:35AM – 10:05AM Panel Discussion on the FTA:
  • Vietnam Trade Minister H.E. Vu Huy Hoang
  • DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez
  • Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel Jr.
  • Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Corporation
  • Hon. Edgardo J. Angara, Special Envoy to the European Union
  • Makati Business Club Chairman Edgardo Chua
10:05AM – 10:15AM Handover of the EPBN Advocacy Papers
Creating a More Competitive Business Environment for the Philippines
10:15AM – 10:30AM Keynote Speech Hon. Carlos Dominguez
Department of Finance Secretary
10:30AM – 10:45AM Keynote Speech Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri
Senate Committee Chair for Trade, Commerce, and Industry
10:45AM – 11:10AM Panel Discussion:
  • DOF Secretary Dominguez
  • Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri
  • Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan
  • Nestlé Philippines Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jacques Reber
  • Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President George Barcelon
ASEAN Integration
11:10AM – 11:25AM Speech:
Hon. Alan Peter Cayetano
Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary


Sen. Loren Legarda
Senate Committee Chair for Foreign Affairs

11:25AM – 11:55AM Panel Discussion:
  • DFA Sec. Alan Cayetano
  • Sen. Loren Legarda
  • Martin Hayes, Robert Bosch SEA President
  • EU-ASEAN Business Council Executive Director Chris Humphrey
  • ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion
01:30PM – 2:15 PM Automotive: Driving the EU-PH economies forward
02:15PM – 03:00PM ICT: Growth Game Changer


Digital Revolution in the EU-PH Business Community

03:00PM – 03:15PM Coffee Break
03:15PM – 04:00PM Food and Beverage
04:00PM – 04:45PM Investing in Europe: Moving Beyond Borders
04:45PM – 05:00PM Closing Remarks: “EU-PH Economies Ties – Movies Forward” Hon. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo
Vice President
Republic of the Philippines



  EPBS EPBS & Networking Cocktail

Early Bird

Before September 16

4,900 PHP

6,500 PHP


September 17 - October 16

5,400 PHP

7,000 PHP


October 17

5,900 PHP

8,000 PHP

Table of 10 Located in VIP Area and with logo on table

50,000 PHP

75,000 PHP



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EPBN is a project co-funded by the EU and implemented by a consortium of European Chambers of Commerce based in the Philippines.

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