The Philippine British Business Council: Aims and Objectives
The Philippine British Business Council, with representation in both countries, exists to stimulate two-way trade and investment. The methods and organisation of the two bodies may vary, but in each case their overriding aim is increasing business.
Among the means to do this are:
facilitating contact with key U.K. and Philippine agencies;
involvement in driving moves to support the ease of doing business in both countries; and
encouraging best practices in both countries.
In the U.K. the Philippine Ambassador to Britain, and another member of the Council, will co-chair the Council. There will be both a British and Philippine Vice Chair. Membership is by invitation of the chairmen and members of the Council, and the co – Chair will aim to hold at least three meetings a year. Members may take on particular responsibilities for certain business sectors where the Council, the U.K. or Philippine Embassies or the British Chamber consider there are sectors of particular value, including: infrastructure, technology and manufacturing, financial services, agribusiness, healthcare, defence and security, education, retail and SMEs.
The Council will invite to its meetings the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Philippines, the British Ambassador to the Philippines or his representative when in London, visiting Philippine trade or tourism officials, and representatives of the Department for International Trade and the Foreign Office. Members of the Council are also encouraged to bring to the meetings representatives of their companies or organisations visiting from the Philippines.
The Chair of the Philippine and British arms of the Council will exchange information and aim to meet at least once a year. The U.K. Chair and Vice Chair will between them aim to keep in regular contact with U.K. Government departments with interests in the Philippines, with representatives of the British Chamber of Commerce in Manila, the ASEAN Business Council and other bodies or companies, and report developments to Council members. The Council will aim to be recognised as one of the most important, central bodies for all U.K.- Philippine business.