21st May 2014
The ASEAN Business Club spearheaded a delegation to Manila, which included a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III and a unique roundtable discussion with members of the Philippine government. The panelists at this roundtable were Gregory Domingo, Secretary of Trade and Industry, Cesar V. Purisima, Secretary of Finance and Bangko Sentral Governor, Amando Tetangco Jr.
Writing one of the greatest economic comeback stories in recent years, the Philippines is poised to be the strongest performing South East Asian economy in 2014, with GDP growth projected to surpass 6.5%. The meeting served as an ideal platform for participants to deliberate the opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community to promote greater inclusion across East Asia and to instill more resilient decision-making in the face of unpredictable economic and natural disruptions. The ABC delegation was held alongside the World Economic Forum on East Asia in the penultimate year before the deadline for the ASEAN Economic Community.