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Over a thousand local and foreign businessmen and the Philippines’ top policymakers including Vice President Leni Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte will be meeting during the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E) on October 16 and 17 at the Manila Hotel.

Organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), this year’s PBC&E will look into the dynamics of a digitally driven economy and how its impact on people’s growth and business sustainability with the central theme “Enabling Business in a Digital Economy”.

The media launch for the Expo was held last Friday (October 4) at the Roma Salon also at the Manila Hotel with PCCI President Ma. Alegria Limjoco, PCCI Chairman Emeritus and Chairman for International Affairs Dr. Francis Chua, PCCI Honorary Chair and Treasurer Sergio Ortiz Luis, PCCI Chairman George Barcelon and this year’s PBC&E Chairman William S. Co.

“Business is going digital and it’s inevitable. That is why we are having this discussion and we invited renowned local and international experts in the field of digital economy and technology innovation to share their thoughts, experiences and tips on how business can survive and thrive in a dynamically changing environment,” Limjoco said.

Over the last four (4) decades, PBC&E has served as a platform for PCCI members and partners both in the private and government sector to converge, dialogue and come up with policy recommendations to better improve the business environment in the country.

“Digital economy is seen to disrupt and transform traditional business models. With this conference, we would like the delegates to see the impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) as it affects us in the Philippines and in the global setting,” said Co who is also the PCCI Agri Committee Vice President and Director.

Chairman Barcelon on the other hand said that the Philippines, to be able to catch up with its fellow Asean countries with regards to the 4th IR should focus on its strength which is the agricultural sector making it technologically advance and efficient from production to distribution.

Also happening during the 45th PBC&E is the very first Injap Sia Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award (ISOYEA). Named after Mang Inasal founder and billionaire Edgardo “Injap” Sia, the award celebrates and recognizes the valuable role of passionate, hardworking, innovative young entrepreneurs in socio-economic development, innovation, and nation-building.

Another new award is named in honor of another successful billionaire – Alfredo M. Yao of the Zesto Corporation. The Alfredo M. Yao (AMY) Innocation Award seeks to promote appreciation and application of locally-developed and socially-relevant intellectual properties and to support its development and commercialization.

PCCI will also give recognition to the Most Business Friendly LGU, Most Outstanding Chamber and the International Chamber of Commerce Global Excellence Award.

Prior to the two-day conference and expo, PCCI will also be holding 3 pre-event activities a Golf Tournament on October 14, the Chamber Management Workshop on October 15 which will be held at the Rizal Park Hotel from 1pm to 5pm and also happening on the 15th is the Investour Forum on TIEZA’s Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zones (FTEZ).

The FTEZ Investour Forum will include DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, TIEZA COO Pocholo Joselito Paragas, San Vicente Palawan Mayor Amy Roa Alvarez, Architect Felino Palafox, DOT Secretary Arthur Tugade, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, and DPWH Undersecretary Analiza Teh.

Other personalities expected to join the 45th PBC&E are Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso, Unionbank Chief Technology and Operations Officer and Chief Transformation Henry Aguda, McKinsey Philippines Managing Partner Kristine Romano, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Angkas Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs George Royeca, Executive Director of the German-Philippines Chamber of Commerce Dr. Martin Henkelmann, Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry Samir Modi, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda, USA Ambassador Sung Kim, and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

The event concludes with the contract signing ceremony with this year’s sponsors.

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