IN PHOTOS: The Iloilo Trade and Investment Forum, 8 March 2018
Over 120 participants joined the two-day Iloilo Trade Mission, organised by the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines, to explore business opportunities in the region. Following last year’s successful mission to Davao City, the British Chamber of Commerce sought to further regional development by bringing the largest ever delegation of foreign and local companies – a total of 63 delegates from various industries – to another one of the country’s rapidly growing cities.
The highlight of the mission was the Iloilo Trade & Investment Forum on 8 March, which featured key players from private and public sectors. Attendees included British Embassy Manila Ambassador Daniel Pruce, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Senator Franklin Drilon, DTI Philippines Undersecretary Nora Terrado, BCCP Chairman Chris Nelson and Department of International Trade Philippines Director Mike Moon.
The following day led delegates across the city and province, visiting potential areas of investment in IT, academe, agribusiness, tourism, energy, infrastructure, and real estate.
Philippine Department of Trade and Industry’s Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy, Ceferino S. Rodolfo, gave a speech at Asia House’s conference, ‘Asia Trade in the New Global Order,’ in Hong Kong on the 27th of November 2017.
As Asia House’s first largest event outside of London, the conference aimed at bringing the trade debate to an Asian platform. It brought together thought leaders from across the globe including high-level government representatives, former ministers and government representatives, and the ASEAN Secretariat.
“One of the big benefits of, again, partnering with Monde Nissin was that it’s headquartered in the Philippines, so it’s already in ASEAN. The 650 million people that are already there – rising middle class – that was an attractive proposition for us. And what we’ve done is that, since the partnership with Monde Nissin began, we started selling Quorn and indeed some of our other business products from elsewhere in the group in the Philippines. ”
Mr. Thakrar was one of the speakers during the ASEAN@50 Business Forum on 11 October 2017. Please find more videos from the event here.