Manila, Philippines – The European-Philippine business community, government to discuss trade, investment policies at the ECCP’s European-Philippines Business Summit Pasay City, Philippines. October 14, 2019 – The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) seeks to strengthen the European-Philippine business relations as it underscores the importance of economic reforms and mutual cooperation in pursuing sustainable and inclusive growth.
With the theme, “Trade, Investment, and Development: Building a Sustainable Future Together, the European-Philippine Business Summit is scheduled to take place on October 24, 2019, at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Through this summit, “the ECCP aims to build upon the achievements of the past years in making the Philippine business environment friendlier for European companies, ensuring that these businesses can make the most of these exciting developments. We will also delve on the economic performance of the country in recent years and how EuropeanPhilippine trade and investments have played a significant role in economic development,” Nabil Francis, ECCP President and CEO of Republic Cement Services, Inc. said.
Francis shared that this year’s summit will feature business opportunities in, and policy recommendations on human capital, healthcare, infrastructure and transportation, energy and environment through various sessions. The ECCP will also present its 2019 ECCP Advocacy Papers, which is a compilation of policy recommendations to further create a level playing field and improve ease of doing business in the country.
Developing action points that will be carried forward by relevant government agencies and stakeholders in the Philippines and discussing the Philippine trade and investment policies currently in place, as well as the changes needed to further shape the country as a competitive investment destination for European businesses will be the focus of the EPBS. ECCP Executive Director, Florian Gottein added that the event will also serve as a platform for key government officials to dialogue with stakeholders on pressing matters including the ease of doing business, further economic liberalization, tax reform, among others.
Now in its sixth year, the EPBS as the flagship event of the European business community in the Philippines continues the efforts of ECCP to promote mutual interests of European and local businesses in the country. As in previous years, the summit will be graced by the participation of high-level representatives from the government, European-Philippines business community, members of the diplomatic corps, the academe, and other stakeholders keen on strengthening the European-Philippine economic relations.
Among the invited key government officials and business leaders are Senator Pia Cayetano, Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu, Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Dr. Ceferino Rodolfo, Department of Health Undersecretary Dr. Mario Villaverde, Civil Service Commission Chairperson Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala, and EU-ASEAN Business Council Executive Director Chris Humphrey.
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