Euromoney is delighted with the success of its return to Manila for the Philippines Investment Forum 2012. President Aquino III addressed 700 domestic business leaders and international investors to open the event, setting out the Philippines’ priority industries in 2012. Throughout the conference, key ministers including the Secretary of Finance, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Trade and Industry as well as the BSP Governor opened important dialogues crucial to bringing additional investment to the country.
President Aquino’s opening remarks were followed by the leaders’ conversation featuring Secretary of Finance Purisima, top executives of major conglomerates including Ayala Corporation, Jollibee Foods and Alliance Global as well as the International Finance Corporation who jointly depicted the economic landscape of the Philippines. We also brought together experts from the main domestic banks, the Philippine Stock Exchange and international investors to assess the potential of the Philippine capital market. Public-private partnerships, a priority development area for the Philippines in 2012, were the highlight of the forum. Local infrastructure players including Metro Pacific and EEI Corporation as well as international infrastructure investors including Macquarie and APG offered a balanced perspective on this hotly debated topic. Case studies from major FDI investors including General Electric and Texas Instruments reassured the audience the Philippines’ role as a major manufacturing hub. Last but not least, the long-term energy security and the growing renewable energy sector formed the subject of the closing panel.
We would like to thank the government, our sponsors and our speakers for their support of the Philippines Investment Forum. Euromoney is pleased to play a small role in articulating the economic ambitions of the Philippines to the global investor community.