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Over the years, the Philippines' image as a competitive investment destination has improved with the country being cited as one of the bright spots in Asia, resulting in an increase in interest from foreign investors. Multilateral and international organisations have expressed confidence in the growth prospects of the Philippines. Today, the Philippines is at an optimal position to welcome a new era of economic growth by capitalising on the government's recent game-changing economic milestones.


The passage of the amendments to the Foreign Investment Act, Retail Trade Liberalization Act, and Public Service Act, as well as the relaxation of the foreign participation limitation in the renewable energy sector and the recent ratification of the world's largest trade bloc known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are among the country's key strategies to attract high-levels of trade and investment and will further drive the Philippines' regional and global competitiveness as an investment destination. Furthermore, there has been renewed interest from the Philippine government to resume talks on the European-Philippine Free Trade Agreement.


Riding on this momentum, this year's European-Philippine Business Dialogue will feature a series of high-level discussions on how the Philippines can maximise its competitive advantage as an investment destination and bring the country's economy to new heights. Now on its tenth run, the Dialogue will bring together key government officials, business leaders, and experts to take a look at the country's state of economic health as well as its business and investment climate, and share their insights on how we can forge stronger economic ties between the Philippines and Europe.


The Dialogue will be followed by a Gala Dinner shortly after the plenary session from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.


To increase your brand visibility and promote your shared advocacy for a more competitive and attractive environment for European-Philippine trade and investments, please email epbd@eccp.com for more information on partnership opportunities.


Strictly NO walk-ins for EPBD and Gala Dinner.

Kindly note that waitlisting will start on 19 May, 12nn or when the venue has reached initial maximum capacity, whichever comes sooner.

May 25, 2023

1:00 PM - 10:00 PM GMT+8

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Dusit Thani Manila
Makati, Philippines
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Agenda

  • European-Philippine Business Dialogue
    1:00 PM - 1:05 PMWelcome Message
    1:05 PM - 1:15 PMMessage from the EU Delegation to the Philippines
    1:15 PM - 1:35 PMKeynote Message
    1:35 PM - 1:55 PMKeynote Message
    1:55 PM - 2:00 PMHandover of the 2023 ECCP Advocacy Papers
    2:00 PM - 2:50 PMPanel Discussion and Open Forum on Trade and Investments
    2:50 PM - 3:00 PMCoffee Break
    3:00 PM - 3:15 PMEase of Doing Business
    3:15 PM - 4:00 PMPanel Discussion and Open Forum on Ease of Doing Business
    4:00 PM - 4:05 PMClosing Message
    Gala Dinner
    5:00 PM - 5:45 PMCocktail Reception
    5:45 PM - 6:00 PMCommencement of Gala Dinner | Ballroom Lockdown
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PMPre-Program Remarks
    7:00 PM - 7:05 PMWelcome Remarks
    7:05 PM - 7:10 PMOpening Remarks
    7:10 PM - 7:15 PMMessage from the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines President
    7:15 PM - 7:30 PMKeynote Message by the President of the Philippines
    7:30 PM - 8:00 PMPhoto-taking Session with the President of the Philippines
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PMDinner and Networking

Speakers

  • Mr. Lars Wittig (ECCP President at ECCP / IWG)

    Mr. Lars Wittig

    ECCP President at ECCP / IWG

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  • Mr. Chris Humphrey (Executive Director of EU-ABC)

    Mr. Chris Humphrey

    Executive Director of EU-ABC

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  • H.E. Luc Véron (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines)

    H.E. Luc Véron

    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

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  • Ret. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin (Executive Secretary at Office of the President)

    Ret. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

    Executive Secretary at Office of the President

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  • Mr. Antonio Ernesto Floirendo Lagdameo, Jr. (Special Assistant to the President at Office of the President)

    Mr. Antonio Ernesto Floirendo Lagdameo, Jr.

    Special Assistant to the President at Office of the President

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  • Dr. Benjamin Diokno (Secretary at Department of Finance)

    Dr. Benjamin Diokno

    Secretary at Department of Finance

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  • Ms. Kim Bernardo-Lokin (Undersecretary Communications & Legislative Affairs at Department of Trade and Industry)

    Ms. Kim Bernardo-Lokin

    Undersecretary Communications & Legislative Affairs at Department of Trade and Industry

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  • Hon. Ernesto Perez (Director General of Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA))

    Hon. Ernesto Perez

    Director General of Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA)

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  • Mr. Ruben Pascual (Secretary-General at Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

    Mr. Ruben Pascual

    Secretary-General at Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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  • Dr. Danilo Lachica (President at SEIPI)

    Dr. Danilo Lachica

    President at SEIPI

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  • Ms. Celeste Ilagan (Chief Policy and Regulatory Affairs Officer at IBPAP - IT & Business Process Association of the Phils.)

    Ms. Celeste Ilagan

    Chief Policy and Regulatory Affairs Officer at IBPAP - IT & Business Process Association of the Phils.

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  • Ms. Amanda Murphy (Head of Commercial Banking, South and Southeast Asia at HSBC)

    Ms. Amanda Murphy

    Head of Commercial Banking, South and Southeast Asia at HSBC

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  • Mr. Anand Stanley (President and Head of Region at Airbus Asia- Pacific)

    Mr. Anand Stanley

    President and Head of Region at Airbus Asia- Pacific

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  • Ms. Christina Stieber (Commercial Counsellor at Austrian Embassy in Manila, Head at Advantage Austria)

    Ms. Christina Stieber

    Commercial Counsellor at Austrian Embassy in Manila, Head at Advantage Austria

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Tickets

ECCP & EU-ABC Member (Virtual Attendance)

This ticket will give you a virtual pass to the EPBD plenary. Available to companies and organizations that are members of the ECCP and EU-ABC.

₱2,000
Non-Member (Virtual Attendance)

This ticket will give you a virtual pass to the EPBD plenary. Available to companies and organizations that are NOT members of the ECCP and EU-ABC.

₱3,000
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