This anniversary coincides with a PBBC led business delegation to the Philippines form 10th to 12th November 2015. Some 35 delegates are registered for the visit, led by The Chairman, Nigel Rich, and three Subcommittee Co-Chairmen, Alistair Fulton, Eamonn Staunton and Martyn Skinner, all from the UK.
High level meetings and events have been organised with help from the PBBC membership in the Philippines, The British Embassy in Manila, The Philippines Embassy in London and the British Chamber of Commerce in Manila.
A wide range of British companies are registered for the delegation. The types of companies include 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.
In addition there are 5 journalists on the business delegation who will each be producing reports on The Philippines for later publication.
The 20Th Anniversary has been marked by letters from the President of The Philippines, His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, and from the British prime Minister, The Right Honourable David Cameron. These letters will be officially presented to the two PBBC Chairmen at events in London and Manila.
The transcripts of the letters are:
” THE PRIME MINISTER
I would like to congratulate the Philippine British Business Council as it celebrates its twentieth anniversary.
The UK and the Philippines have had a long and fruitful relationship. The UK is now both the largest European investor in the Philippines and the largest recipient of Philippines foreign direct investment in Europe. Bilateral trade between our countries is growing strongly, with UK exports to the Philippines increasing by 44% in the first half of 2015. As business ambassadors, your commitment to championing increased good will and stronger commercial relationships has been an important part of the success story between our two countries.
Whilst your Council has contributed in many ways over its twenty years of operations, I would particularly like to recognise the innovation road-shows you have run in recent years to the UK and to UK companies in Hong Kong and Singapore. These have undoubtedly helped to deepen our business collaboration in the important areas of infrastructure, transport and public-private partnerships.
I wish you a successful anniversary and many fruitful years to come.
13 November 2015 “
” MALACANAN PALACE
My warmest greetings to the Philippine British Business Council (PBBC) as you celebrate your 20th Founding Anniversary.
The United Kingdom is one of the largest European investors in the Philippines. Our two nations continue to enjoy excellent trade and investment relations, and as business ambassadors, I hope that your engagements only further deepen the trust between our countries. Your role has been decisive in driving key industry sectors such as agribusiness, energy, IT/BPM, tourism, and retail trade. May this event inspire you to create new strategies that will allow you to forge even deeper, more meaningful ties with your partners.
I thank you for your contributions to reinforcing our linkages and to fostering goodwill between our peoples. May you carry on with your support and remain a vital part of our economic success and social development in the coming years.
I wish you a happy and meaningful anniversary.
BENIGNO s. AQUINO III
9 November 2015 “
Copies of the letters will be available on this website soon, as will a report of the business delegation to Manila.