Another successful business delegation visit took place in November 2015 organised by PBBC members from the UK and the Philippines.
The visit coincided with the 20th Anniversary of the formation of the PBBC and the event did not go unnoticed by the respective heads of government of the two countries. Framed copies of letters received from David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, and from Beningo S. Aquino III, the President of the Philippines were presented to the two Chairmen of the PBBC; Nigel Rich and Ambassador Jesus Tambunting at a reception in the British Ambassador’s residence in Manila.
The business delegation included 35 representatives from over 40 organisations and companies. the delegation members broadly fell into the following categories: PBBC members, businesses new to the Philippines, businesses with existing operations in the Philippines and a number of journalists who were researching the Philippines for major articles they are writing about the opportunities in the Philippines.
A wide range of British companies registered for the delegation. The types of companies included Insurance Underwriters, Playground Equipment manufacturers, Construction, Oil and Gas, farming, farm animals, Telecomms, Wood Products, BPO and Call Centres, Internet and Mobile Software, Security Tags, Candle Manufacturer, White Goods and Furniture retailer, international Bank and supplier to the sugar industry.
Highlights of the Programme
Economic Briefing by Banco de Oro
Delegates were given a fascinating and thorough presentation by Jonathan L. Ravelas, FVP and Chief Market Strategist of BDO. The talk included statistics for financial, population and business activity. we also had an insight into the candidates for the upcoming Presidential election in the Philippines in 2016.
Presentation by PEZA
Elmer San Pascual, Group Manager gave a detailed presentation of the PEZA scheme for overseas companies looking to start operations in the Philippines.
Meeting with DTI undersecretary, Ponciano C. Manalo jr, Governor, Board of Investments.
PBBC Reception at the residence of the British Ambassador
Meetings with ECCP and BCCP
We had a joint meeting with representatives of the European and British Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines.
PBBC and MBC luncheon
Meeting with PCCI Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Asian CEO Awards
The PBBC and delegates took a table at the dinner and presentations of the Asian CEO Awards. This was a black tie dinner and awards ceremony at the Marriot Hotel in manila for over 1,200 attendees.
Visits to Subic Bay and Clark Economic development Zones