Friday, June 24, 2016

1st BusinessWorld Economic Forum

The country’s biggest names in business will speak at the first BusinessWorld Economic Forum happening on July 12, 2016 at Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Themed “Charting Progress to 2020”, the highly anticipated event will tackle the country’s present and projected economic situation in light of the forthcoming changes in public governance.

Vice President-elect Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo will open the morning sessions with the topic on “How To Attain Inclusive Economic Growth” while incoming Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez will start the afternoon sessions with the discussion on “The Philippine Economy Under the New Presidency.” MVP Group of Companies Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan will be delivering the keynote speech.

Also speaking at the event are Philippine Competition Commission Chairperson Arsenio M. Balisacan and Securities & Exchange Commission Chairperson Teresita J. Herbosa. 

Other prominent business figures who will serve as session speakers include Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. President & Chief Executive Officer Erramon I. Aboitiz,  Insular Life Assurance Company CEO Nina D. Aguas, Globe Telecommunications President Ernest Cu, Phinma Corporation President Ramon R. del Rosario, Ayala Corporation Energy Holdings, Inc. President & CEO John Eric T. Francia, Solar Philippines President Leandro Leviste, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation Chief Digital Officer Donald Patrick Lim, Sun Life Financial President and CEO Rizalina G. Mantaring, McKinsey & Company Managing Partner Suraj Moraje, Megaworld Corporation First VP Commercial Division Kevin L. Tan, Rustan Supercenters, Inc. President  Bienvenido V. Tantoco III, McDonalds Philippines EVP & Deputy Managing Director Margot Torres,  Alaska Corporation President and CEO Wilfredo Steven Uytengsu Jr., as well as Facebook Canada Global Marketing Solutions Group Director Alfredo C. Tan.
The speakers will provide their expert viewpoints on the forum’s five discussion sessions: succession, sustainability, integration, disruption, and capacity. The session on succession is expected to encourage discourse and provide answers on how the country can prepare its next generation leaders. Sustainability will discuss how the corporate sector ensures the sustainability of financial gains. The session on Integration will focus on the business imperatives of regional integration and is expected to address questions on how the country can leverage on free trade agreements (FTAs) to broaden its market and product or service offerings as well as how economic integration be made more inclusive.  Disruption will explore how technology has blurred the distinctions between industries and will explore the questions on which industries are due for a shakeup and how companies wage competition across multiple fronts. The last session is on capacity which aims to highlight the way companies address the challenge of infrastructure and supply bottlenecks in a growing economy.

The session topics are crucial to understanding, predicting and influencing the Philippines’ business and economic growth today and in the coming years.

Organized by BusinessWorld, the country’s leading business daily, this event is in line with its 29th anniversary and is open to the public. The first BusinessWorld Economic Forum is brought to you by Metrobank, Turkish Airlines in partnership with Ayala Land, Inc., PLDT Inc., Smart Communications, and Meralco. For more information, please visit, e-mail to or call 896-0639 / 896-0637.

*This is Press Release

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