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2019 Philippines Business Mission

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Name: 2019 Philippines Business Mission
Date: September 16, 2019 - September 18, 2019
Event Description:
The US-ASEAN Business Council is registering senior-level executives for its annual Business Mission to the Philippines on September 16-18, 2019. The mission will consist of bilateral meetings with senior government officials and other priority stakeholders. Participants should plan to arrive in Manila by Sunday, September 15th. There will be a pre-mission meeting and briefing on Sunday, September 15th late afternoon. The mission starts Monday morning, September 16th and Manila meetings end Tuesday evening, September 17th.  An optional day in Clark, a 2 hour drive from Manila, is being planned on September 18th Wednesday. 

The deadline for receipt of registration and mission materials is COB Friday, August 30, 2019. 
 
Click Here to Register for the Mission
Note: Once your registration is initiated, you have the option to cancel your registration and receive a full refund up to COB August 16. After COB August 16, your registration cannot be canceled, and you will be responsible for all registration fees.
 
We will hold at least three pre-mission conference calls before the start of the mission to be scheduled on the following dates:
 

July 31, Wednesday, 8AM-9AM EDT/ July 31, Wednesday, 8PM-9PM SGT
August 20, Tuesday, 9PM-10PM EDT/ August 21, Wednesday, 9AM-10AM SGT
September 11, Wednesday, 9PM-10PM EDT/ September 12, Thursday, 9AM-10AM SGT

 
The invitation and information on these calls will be sent out at a later date.

Mission Themes:

 
  1. Greater US company participation in policy exchange supporting flagship programs under the 10-Point Economic Agenda of the Duterte Administration and driving innovation to achieve sustainability and inclusive growth goals:
1) Continue and maintain current macroeconomic policies, including fiscal, monetary and trade policies.
2) Institute progressive tax reform and more effective tax collection, indexing taxes to inflation.
3) Increase competitiveness and the ease of doing business.
4) Accelerate annual infrastructure spending to account for 5 percent of GDP, with public-private partnership playing a key role
5) Promote rural and value chain development toward increasing agricultural and rural enterprise productivity and rural tourism.

6) Ensure security and land tenure to encourage investments, and address bottlenecks in land management and titling agencies.
7) Invest in human capital development, including health and education systems, and match skills and training to meet the demand of businesses and the private sector.
8) Promote science, technology, and the creative arts to enhance innovation and creative capacity toward self-sustaining, inclusive development.
9) Improve social protection programs, including the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer program, to protect the poor against instability and economic shocks.
10) Strengthen implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law to enable especially poor couples to make informed choices on financial and family planning.
  1. Promote open and free trade and address investment barriers 
 
  1. Domestic Reform
  1. Public Service Act
  2. Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL)
  3. Economic Provisions of the 1987 Constitution
 
  1. International Trade Policy and FTA negotiations
  1. Philippines’ ASEAN initiatives, policy positions including digital policy
  2. RCEP, e-commerce chapter
  3. WTO Government Procurement
 
  1. Foster stronger US-Philippines relationship
  1. Defense strategic partnership
  2. US-PH FTA, TIFA framework
  3. USAID projects
 
  1. Leverage collaboration with the Asian Development Bank
 
Mission Meetings:
 
The following meetings have been proposed: 
  1. Senate President
  2. Speaker of the House of Representatives
  3. Central Bank Governor (BSP)
  4. Secretary of Budget Management (DBM)
  5. Secretary of Finance (DOF)
  6. Secretary of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
  7. Secretary of Socio-Economic Planning (NEDA)
  8. Secretary of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  9. Secretary of Communications and Information (DICT)
  10. Secretary of Energy (DOE)
  11. Secretary of Health (DOH)
  12. Secretary of Science and Technology (DOST)
  13. Secretary of Defense (DND)
  14. Secretary of Tourism (DOT)
  15. Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
  16. U.S. Embassy in Manila
  17. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  18. Department of Agriculture
Additional meetings can be requested per mission delegates' interests and the officials' availability. Please note that we must have sufficient interest from mission delegates before requesting additional meetings.
Click Here to Register for the Mission
 
Note: Once your registration is initiated, you have the option to cancel your registration and receive a full refund up to COB August 16. After COB August 16, your registration cannot be canceled, and you will be responsible for all registration fees.

All registration materials should be submitted using one of the links above. If you have any questions, please contact Lilibeth Almonte-Arbez (lalmonte@usasean.org) and Elizabeth Magsaysay-Crébassa (em.crebassa@usasean.org).
 
Hotel:
 
We are negotiating a group rate with hotels in the Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines and will distribute full details and booking instructions in a future updated invite.
 
Logistics:
 

Participants should plan to arrive in Manila by Sunday, September 15th. There will be a pre-mission meeting and briefing on Sunday, September 15th late afternoon. The mission starts Monday morning, September 16th and Manila meetings end Tuesday evening, September 17th.  An optional day in Clark, a 2 hour drive from Manila, is being planned on September 18th Wednesday.

For more information, please contact:

Lilibeth Almonte-Arbez | Senior Manager, Washington D.C.
p. +1 (202) 380-7880
e.
lamonte@usasean.org

Elizabeth Magsaysay-Crébassa |Senior Representative, Philippines
p. +63 918 985 5306
e. em.crebassa@usasean.org
 
We hope that you are able to join us for this year's Business Mission to the Philippines!

 
Location:
Manila, Philippines
Date/Time Information:
September 16-18, 2019
Contact Information:
Lilibeth Almonte-Arbez
Fees/Admission:
Mission Cost: 
 
US$5,000 for early bird registrations initiated BEFORE COB August 16
US$5,500 for registrations initiated AFTER COB August 16
These costs cover up to two representatives.
 
There is an additional $750 fee for the registration of each additional representative beyond the first two. Payment can be made by check, wire transfer or credit card. An invoice will be issued upon registration.
 
Mission fees cover expenses for program preparation and execution, overhead costs, hired service vendors, group working lunches and mission transportation. Delegates are responsible for their own air travel, meals, lodging, local transportation, visas, and all other related travel costs.


For the optional day in Clark on September 18th, the Council is looking at the following activities: a meeting with the Secretary of Transport, a BCDA tour, and site visit to one or two locators in the special economic zone. To register for this optional day, please email Lilibeth Almonte-Arbez (lalmonte@usasean.org).   For more information about Clark and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) mandate and initiatives to transform former US military bases into alternative productive civilian use, visit www.bcda.gov.ph.
 
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