This 2018, we look at how the current administration's initiatives and programs in line with its Socioeconomic Agenda and priorities have substantially progressed – Build, Build, Build, tax reform, ease of doing business, labor protection furthered through the Executive Order on Contractualization, sustainable development and climate adaptation, and universal healthcare, among many others. In addition, the Philippines' economy is at a steady growth, the EU remains to be one of the top trading partner of the Philippines, and the EU-Philippines Partnership Cooperation Agreement has been put into force – a major milestone for the EU-Philippine relations.

With this in mind, the EU-Philippines Business Network (EPBN) is organizing the EU-Philippines Business Summit 2018 with the theme "EU and the Philippines: Jointly Pursuing Competitiveness for Inclusive Growth" on 18 October 2018, at Solaire Resort and Hotel.

The EU-Philippines Business Summit 2018 will be a celebration of EU-Philippine trade and investment ties and an opportunity for a constructive dialogue between key stakeholders, covering key sectors – Infrastructure, Retail, Environment, Healthcare, and Tax and Financial Services, capped off with the handover of the4th edition of the EU-Philippine Advocacy Papers, an 8-volume compilation of the EPBN's wishlist of reforms .

This event will bring together three hundred fifty (350) participants from the Philippine government, private sector, business groups, diplomatic corps, academe and think tanks, among others. Keynote invitees will include NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Hon. Maria Leonor Robredo.

We invite you to join the most important EU trade forum of the year. Secure your seat now!

Oct 18, 2018

8 AM - 3 PM

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Grand Ballroom, Solaire Resort & Hotel
Aseana Avenue, Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines

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  • 7:15 AM - 8:15 AMBreakfast and Registration
    8:15 AM - 8:20 AMWelcome Remarks
    Guenter Taus, Steering Committee Chairman at EPBN
    8:20 AM - 8:30 AMThe EU and the Philippines Through the Years
    H.E. Franz Jessen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Head of the Delegation at Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines
    8:30 AM - 8:35 AMIntroduction of Key Speaker
    Atty. Kareen Fe Pioquinto-Enriquez, Advocacy Manager at EPBN
    8:35 AM - 8:45 AMKeynote Speech: Philippine Roadmap Towards Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth
    Dr. Ernesto Pernia, Secretary, National Economic Development Authority
    8:45 AM - 8:55 AMEPBN Objectives, Achievements and Recommendations: INFRASTRUCTURE
    Mr. Michael Raeuber, EPBN Infrastructure Committee Chair
    8:55 AM - 9 AMIndustry Presentation
    9 AM - 9:10 AMSpeech
    Sec. Ramon Lopez, Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry
    9:10 AM - 9:40 AMOpen Forum
    DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez
    NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia
    Michael Raeuber
    Industry Presentation
    9:40 AM - 9:43 AMPhoto Opportunity & Handover of the full set of EPBN Advocacy Papers
    9:43 AM - 9:53 AMCoffee Break
    9:53 AM - 10:03 AMEPBN Objectives, Achievements and Recommendations: RETAIL TRADE LIBERALIZATION
    10:03 AM - 10:08 AMIndustry Presentation
    10:08 AM - 10:18 AMSpeech: Empowering Consumers through Retail Trade Liberalization: A Legislative Perspective
    10:18 AM - 10:43 AMOpen Forum
    10:43 AM - 10:46 AMPhoto Opportunity & Handover of the full set of EPBN Advocacy Papers
    10:46 AM - 10:56 AMEPBN Objectives, Achievements and Recommendations: ENVIRONMENT AND WATER
    10:56 AM - 11:01 AMIndustry Presentation
    11:01 AM - 11:36 AMOpen Forum
    11:36 AM - 11:39 AMPhoto Opportunity & Handover of EPBN Advocacy Papers on Environment & Water and Renewable Energy
    11:39 AM - 12:39 PMNetworking Lunch
    12:39 PM - 12:49 PMEPBN Objectives, Achievements and Recommendations: HEALTHCARE
    12:49 PM - 12:54 PMIndustry Presentation
    12:54 PM - 1:04 PMSpeech
    1:04 PM - 1:29 PMOpen Forum
    1:29 PM - 1:34 PMPhoto Opportunity & Handover of EPBN Advocacy Papers on Healthcare
    1:34 PM - 1:44 PMEPBN Objectives, Achievements and Recommendations: TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES
    1:44 PM - 1:49 PMIndustry Presentation
    1:49 PM - 1:59 PMSpeech: On Tax Reform Package 2 and its implications to the EU-PH Business Community
    1:59 PM - 2:29 PMOpen Forum
    2:29 PM - 2:34 PMPhoto Opportunity & Handover of the full set of EPBN Advocacy Papers
    2:34 PM - 2:39 PMConcluding Remarks
    2:39 PM - 2:55 PMClosing Keynote Speech
    2:55 PM - 3 PMPhoto Opportunity & Handover of EPBN Advocacy Papers


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