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The Philippines posts a steady economic growth and is even hailed as one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world since President Rodrigo Duterte took office last year. In an effort to address Metro Manila’s worsening traffic congestion brought by the lack of infrastructure spending for years and to achieve inclusive growth throughout the country, President Duterte’s administration is pushing for decentralization to spur development in the countryside. Major cities like Clark in Northern Luzon, Davao and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, and Iloilo in the Visayas are economic hotspots for investment.

Following last year’s successful trade mission in Davao, the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) is visiting Iloilo City this year to encourage more businesses expand operation in the Visayas region. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) earlier forecasted that the average growth rate in the Visayas region will be higher than the government’s targeted national GDP growth for 2017-2022. In addition, there’s a growing interest of British companies in regional investment opportunities in the county.

With this in mind, the British Chamber is organizing the Iloilo Trade Mission on March 8-9, 2018 in Iloilo City. The Mission, held in celebration of the annual GREAT British Festival, will highlight a Trade & Investment Forum on March 8 at the Richmonde Hotel aimed to facilitate a dialogue between the government and private sectors and present business opportunities in Iloilo and the Visayas as a whole, and site visits on 9 March.

The 2-day event will gather an estimated total of hundred participants, and include three main components:
1) Iloilo Trade and Investment Forum
● Innovation is GREAT: Showcasing Innovative Practices
● How to Protect Your Innovation in the Philippines?
● Investment Opportunities in Iloilo
● Developing Iloilo's Economic Viability

2) Social Networking & Cocktails

3) Site Visit
● SouthEast Asian Fisheries Development Center
● Ephrathah Farms
● Reed Elsevier (a shared services company)
● Central Philippine University
● University of San Agustin
● Iloilo Science and Technology University
● Iloilo Commercial Port Complex
● Global Business Power Corporation (Coal-fired Power Plant)
● Megaworld Iloilo Business Park
● AyalaLand
● Gaisano Iloilo City Center

Mar 8 & 9, 2018

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Richmonde Hotel Iloilo
Megaworld Boulevard corner Enterprise Road, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo
Iloilo City, Western Visayas, Philippines

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  • Opening
    8 AM - 8:30 AMRegistration
    8:30 AM - 8:45 AMWelcome Address
    Chairman Chris Nelson
    8:45 AM - 9:15 AMKeynote Speech
    Secretary Benjamin Diokno
    9:15 AM - 9:30 AMKeynote Speech
    Ambassador Daniel Pruce
    Innovation is GREAT: Showcasing Innovative Practices
    9 AM - 9:15 AMKeynote Speech
    9:15 AM - 9:45 AMHow to Protect Your Innovation in the Philippines?
    Claire Corral
    9:45 AM - 10:05 AMInnovation in the Agriculture Industry
    Featured Company
    10:05 AM - 10:25 AMInnovation in the Design and Build Industry by Trends & Concepts
    Jose Bantiling
    10:25 AM - 10:55 AMInnovation in the Banking Industry
    10:55 AM - 11:25 AMInnovation in the Infrastructure Industry
    11:25 AM - 11:55 AMPanel Discussion
    ● Mike Moon, DIT Director
    ● South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk representative
    ● Trends and Concepts representative
    ● Featured Company in AgriBusiness TBA
    11:55 AM - 12:55 PMLunch Break
    Developing Iloilo's Economic Viability
    1 PM - 1:30 PMKeynote Speech
    To be confirmed
    1:30 PM - 1:50 PMInvestment Opportunities in Iloilo City
    Mayor Jose Espinosa III
    1:50 PM - 2:10 PMInvestment Opportunities in Iloilo Province
    Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.
    2:10 PM - 2:30 PMPanel Discussion
    ● DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez
    ● Iloilo Mayor Jose Espinosa III
    ● Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.
    ● ILEDF President Jocelyn Jalandoni-Perez
    2:30 PM - 3 PMClosing Remarks
    Senator Franklin Drilon
    Social Networking and Cocktails
    3 PM - 6 PMNetworking Opportunity
  • Opening
    8 AM - 5 PMSite Visits


  • Daniel Pruce (Ambassador at British Embassy Manila)

    Daniel Pruce

    Ambassador at British Embassy Manila

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  • Benjamin Diokno (Secretary at Department of Budget and Management)

    Benjamin Diokno

    Secretary at Department of Budget and Management

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  • Nora Terrado (Undersecretary at Department of Trade and Industry)

    Nora Terrado

    Undersecretary at Department of Trade and Industry

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  • Franklin Drilon (Senate Minority Leader at Philippine Senate)

    Franklin Drilon

    Senate Minority Leader at Philippine Senate

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  • Mike Moon (Trade Director of Department for International Trade)

    Mike Moon

    Trade Director of Department for International Trade

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  • Chris Nelson (Chairman at British Chamber of Commerce Philippines)

    Chris Nelson

    Chairman at British Chamber of Commerce Philippines

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  • Jose Espinosa III (Mayor at City Government of Iloilo)

    Jose Espinosa III

    Mayor at City Government of Iloilo

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  • Arthur Defensor Sr. (Governor at Provincial Government of Iloilo)

    Arthur Defensor Sr.

    Governor at Provincial Government of Iloilo

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  • Claire Corral (IP Expert at South-East Asia SME IPR Helpdesk)

    Claire Corral

    IP Expert at South-East Asia SME IPR Helpdesk

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  • Adrian Marsden (Associate Director of ARUP)

    Adrian Marsden

    Associate Director of ARUP

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  • Gerry Valenciano (Presient and CEO of PNB Capital and Investments)

    Gerry Valenciano

    Presient and CEO of PNB Capital and Investments

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  • Jose Bantiling (President and CEO of Trends and Concepts Total Interior Solutions)

    Jose Bantiling

    President and CEO of Trends and Concepts Total Interior Solutions

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  • Farrah Jayne Jamoralin - Amistad (Client Engagement Manager at Xceler8 Technologies)

    Farrah Jayne Jamoralin - Amistad

    Client Engagement Manager at Xceler8 Technologies

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  • Tony Abad, Host & Moderator (CEO of TradeLawyers & TradeAdvisors)

    Tony Abad, Host & Moderator

    CEO of TradeLawyers & TradeAdvisors

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Cost of Doing Business in Iloilo.pdf
Iloilo Provincial Investment and Incentives Code.pdf


Iloilo Trade Mission

8-9 March 2017
Iloilo City, Philippines

- Trade and Investment Forum at Richmonde Hotel
- Social Networking & Cocktails
- Site Visit & Sector Briefings
- FREE Oxford Business Group - Philippines Report

Important Note: Rate is exclusive of accommodation and airfare.

Trade and Investment Forum

8 March 2018, 8am
Richmonde Hotel, Iloilo City