European-Philippine Business Summit 2019

Marriott Grand Ballroom

Membership Meeting & Forum

2019 has so far been an exciting year for the European-Philippine business community. It marks the first anniversary of the implementation of the landmark Ease of Doing Business Law and welcomes the 18th Congress with its list of legislative economic priorities. Steady macroeconomic fundamentals as well as the administration’s plans and pronouncements concerning economic reforms also open opportunities for further trade and investments. Furthermore, the ECCP aims to build upon the achievements of the past years in making the Philippine business environment friendlier for European companies and ensuring that these businesses can make the most of these exciting developments.

In this context, the ECCP is organizing its European-Philippines Business Summit (EPBS) with the theme: “Trade, Investment, and Development: Building the Future Together” on 24 October 2019, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Now on its sixth year, this flagship event of ECCP will gather high-level representations from the government, the private sector, academe, and various stakeholders keen on strengthening the European-Philippine economic relations. This year’s EPBS will also feature sessions on:

7:30 AM-8:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM-8:35 AM Welcome Remarks Mr. Nabil Francis confirmed
European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP)
8:35 AM-8:45 AM EU-PH Investment, Trade and Development Nexus
Mr. Thomas Wiersing confirmed
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i, Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines
Keynote Address
The keynote address will take place in the presence of the European-Philippines business community, members of the diplomatic corps, and other high-level representation from the government and the private sector. The keynote address will focus on the economic performance of the country in 2018, and how European-Philippine trade and investments have played a role in sustainable development.
8:45 AM-9:00 AM Keynote Speaker
9:00 AM-9:15 AM Dr. Ceferino Rodolfo confirmed
Undersecretary, Industry Development and Trade Policy Group (IDTPG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Advancing Policy Reforms in Pursuit of Competitiveness
Delivering sound economic policies remains instrumental for developing countries such as the Philippines to encourage business dynamism, foster competition, and reduce barriers to trade. This part will highlight some of the major economic policy reforms and recommendations to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
9:15 AM-9:25 AM Mr. Calixto Chikiamco confirmed
Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF)
Political Economy: On Regional Integration and Investment Policies
In recent years, Southeast Asia is fast becoming a point of interest of geopolitical activity among emerging markets and developing countries as it seeks to close its divides and promote closer linkages. This discussion will center on the recent political and economic developments around the region and its implications to the Philippines’ overall growth and performance as well as its Doing Business climate.
9:25 AM-9:35 AM Mr. Chris Humphrey confirmed
Executive Director, EU-ASEAN Business Council
9:35 AM-10:00 AM Panel Discussion and Open Forum

Dr. Ceferino Rodolfo,
DTI Undersecretary confirmed

Mr. Calixto Chikiamco,
FEF President confirmed

Mr. Chris Humphrey,
EU-ABC Executive Director confirmed

Mr. Hans Vriens,
Vriens & Partners Managing Partner confirmed

Geopolitical and Investment Outlook: Views from Industry & the Region

 Against the backdrop of the Southeast Asian region and dynamics in global trade and politics, this discussion will reflect on key priorities and interests of international investors and businesses in the Philippines. What is top-of-mind for the international business community, and what are they looking forward to in the Philippine market?

Ms. Cathy Yang confirmed
Anchor and Managing Editor
ABS-CBN News Channel
The private sector will be a key partner to government efforts in achieving inclusive growth and sustainable development. This session will showcase overviews of different focus sectors, recent issues and developments, government interventions, as well as the industry’s path forward. Best practices and innovations in these sectors as well as emerging trends will be featured.
Human Capital: Future-Proofing Filipino Talent 
10:00 AM-10:15 AM Hon. Joji Aragon confirmed
OIC-Undersecretary for Workers’ Protection and Internal Audit Cluster,
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
10:15 AM-10:25 AM Atty. Eliseo Zuñiga confirmed
ECCP Human Capital Committee
10:25 AM-10:40 AM Mr. Lars Wittig confirmed
Country Manager Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, S. Korea and VP Sales ASEAN, Taiwan, S. Korea, Regus & Spaces by IWG
Healthcare: Investing in Public Welfare 
10:40 AM-10:50 AM Dr. Ma. Teresa Dioko confirmed
Co-Chairperson, ECCP Healthcare Committee
10:50 AM-11:00 AM Mobile Digital Health
Atty. Alain Charles Veloso confirmed
Commercial Practice Group Partner and Healthcare Industry Group Member,
Quisumbing Torres
11:00 AM-11:10 AM Dr. Amal Makhloufi confirmed
General Manager for General Medicines & Emerging Markets and Philippines Country Chair, Sanofi
Captain’s Forum 
11:10 AM-11:50 AM Hon. Joji Aragon,
DOLE OIC-Undersecretary for Workers’ Protection and Internal Audit Cluster confirmed

Atty. Eliseo Zuñiga,
ECCP Human Capital Committee Chairperson confirmed

Mr. Lars Wittig,
Regus and Spaces by IWG Country Manager Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, S. Korea &VP Sales ASEAN, Taiwan, S. Korea confirmed

Dr. Ma. Teresa Dioko,
Co-Chairperson, ECCP Healthcare Committee confirmed

Mr. Eng Teng Wong
Prudential Services Asia Chief Officer for Ecosystems Implementation confirmed

Dr. Amal Makhloufi
Sanofi Philippines General Manager for Pharmaceuticals confirmed


Atty. Christina Macasaet-Acaban confirmed
Head, Healthcare Industry Group and Competition Focus Group
Quisumbing Torres
11:50 AM-1:00 PM Lunch
Afternoon Keynote Address
1:00 PM-1:15 PM Hon. Ramon Lopez confirmed
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Transportation and Infrastructure: Building for Resilience 
1:15 PM-1:30 PM Atty. Garry V. De Guzman confirmed
Undersecretary for Finance,
Department of Transportation
1:30 PM-1:40 PM Mr. Michael Raeuber confirmed
Chairperson, ECCP Infrastructure and Transportation Committee
Energy and Environment: Towards a Clean and Green Philippines 
1:40 PM-1:55 PM Hon. Jesus Tamang confirmed
Department of Energy (DOE)
Energy Policy and Planning Bureau (EPPB)
1:55 PM-2:00 PM Ms. Ruth Yu-Owen confirmed
ECCP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee
2:00 PM-2:05 PM Mr. Kristoffer Rada confirmed
ECCP Environment and Water Committee
2:05 PM-2:20 PM Sec. Roy Cimatu confirmed
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
2:20 PM-2:30 PM Atty. Angela Edralin-Valencia confirmed Director for Environmental Performance and Community Relations,
Republic Cement
Captain’s Forum
2:30 PM-3:10 PM Atty. Garry V. De Guzman,
Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Finance confirmed

Hon. Roy Cimatu,
DENR Secretary, confirmed

Hon. Jesus Tamang,
DOE EPPB Director confirmed

Mr. Michael Raeuber,
ECCP Infrastructure and Transportation Committee Chairperson confirmed

Mr. Kristoffer Rada,
ECCP Environment and Water Committee Chairperson confirmed

Ms. Ruth Yu-Owen,
ECCP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee confirmed

Atty. Angela Edralin-Valencia,
Republic Cement Director for Environmental Performance and Community Relations confirmed
Ms. Cathy Yang confirmed
Anchor and Managing Editor
ABS-CBN News Channel
This session will feature policy insights on how the government will address the country’s competitiveness and stimulate vigorous economic growth and development in the coming years through improving the efficiency of the delivery of government services and the proposed corporate income tax and incentives reform law.
Ease of Doing Business: Key to Competitiveness 
3:10 PM-3:25 PM Atty. Jeremiah Belgica confirmed
Director General, Anti-Red Tape Authority
3:25 PM-3:45 PM Panel Reactors:

Hon. Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala,
Civil Service Commission Chairperson confirmed

Mr. Guillermo Luz,
Former National Competitiveness Council Co-Chairperson confirmed
3:45 PM-4:05 PM Open Forum

Atty. Jeremiah Belgica,
ARTA Director General

Hon. Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala,
CSC Chairperson confirmed

Mr. Guillermo Luz,
Former NCC Co-Chairperson confirmed

Atty. Ina Dominguez confirmed
Partner, Corporate and Commercial Practice Group
Quisumbing Torres
Closing Keynote Speech
4:05 PM-4:20 PM Mr. Nicholas Mapa confirmed
Senior Economist
ING Bank N.V. Philippines
4:20 PM-4:35 PM Hon. Josefina G. Belmonte-Alimurung confirmed
Quezon City Government Mayor
League of Cities of the Philippines Executive Vice President
Master of Ceremonies:

Ms. Cathy Yang
Anchor and Managing Editor
ABS-CBN News Channel


Human Capital

Infrastructure and Transportation

Energy and Environment

Finally, the handover of the 2019 ECCP Advocacy Papers will highlight the conference as ECCP shares its highly anticipated wishlist of policy reforms to further create a level playing field and ease doing business in the country.


PHP 5,500

ECCP Members

PHP 6,500


PHP 2,000


PHP 50,000

Executive Table
(Good for 10 persons)

* Full payment is required three days prior to the day of the event. Unpaid attendees will not be granted access to the event.

** No shows will be billed at full cost. Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the event.

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