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The Philippines: Asia’s Bright Spot

Investment Business Conference

In 2014, the Philippines was Asia’s 2nd fastest growing economy next to China. Its strategic location coupled with a growing middle class, strong domestic demand and stable political environment, make the country an attractive investment destination. As chair and host of the 21 member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum this year and a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines is strongly positioned to reap the benefits of a regional economic integration. In addition, the government has introduced reforms to create a favourable business environment.

Join policymakers, senior business executives, international investors and experts for an insightful discussion on the outlook of the Philippine economy and the opportunities ahead. How are major regional and global developments impacting the Philippine economy? What are the recent developments which has renewed investor interest in the country? What are the recent gains in making the country more competitive?  How will the government ensure that such gains are sustained?

Introductory remarks by the Philippines’ Ambassador to the UK Enrique A. Manalo.

Keynote address by Gregory L. Domingo, Philippine Secretary of Trade and Industry  

Honorable Gregory L. Domingo is Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary. Secretary Domingo served as the DTI-Industry and Investments Group (IIG) Undersecretary and Board of Investments (BOI) Managing Head from May 2001-April 2004. Secretary Domingo served as director to a number of private companies and has also worked for a number of leading financial institutions such as Chase Manhattan and Mellon Bank.

Opening remarks by Jose Arnulfo “Wick” Veloso, President & CEO of HSBC Philippines  Twitter bird @HSBC_Press

WickWick has 26 years of capital markets experience, of which 18 years were with HSBC. He first joined HSBC in late 1994 as Head of Interest Rate Trading in the Philippines, before transferring to the Group’s Asian headquarters in Hong Kong to take on dual roles, first as Head of Asian Local Currency Debt Trading, then with Head Credit Derivatives for Asia Pacific added concurrently.


Speakers include:

Thomas J. DeLuca, Chief Executive Officer of AMP Credit Technologies Twitter bird@AMPcreditech

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Jeremy Kelly, Director, Global Research at JLL Twitter bird@kjeremys

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Guillermo M. Luz, Associate Director of Ayala Corporation and Co-chair of the National Competitiveness Council for the Private Sector Twitter bird @Bill_Luz

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Marcus Treacher, Global Head of Innovation, Payment and Cash Management at HSBC Twitter bird @HSBC_Press

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Moderated by Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive of Asia House Twitter bird@asiahouseuk

For further information email business.policy@asiahouse.co.uk or call +44 (0)20 7307 5454.

This event is organised in partnership with the Department of Trade & Industry of the Philippines and the Philippine Embassy in London, and kindly sponsored by HSBC.

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June 18, 2015


10:00 - 12:30

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Asia House
Tel: 0207 307 5454


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