The very first 50-strong Australian Business Mission delegation at the onset of the Marcos administration, led by Philippine Ambassador to Australia, Her Excellency Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, is set to visit the Philippines on 14-20 August 2022 to explore trade, tourism and investment opportunities and other areas of collaboration with key government agencies, business organizations and private sector representatives.

The Business Mission is jointly organized by the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Sydney, the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI), Export Marketing Bureau, the Subic-Clark Alliance for Development (SCAD) together with Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB), Mt. Samat Flagship Tourism Enterpise Zone, the Provincial Government of Bataan, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and Hermosa Industrial Economic Zone.

During the 6-day visit, delegation representing various sectors from renewable energy, manufacturing, mining, tourism, property development, agribusiness, banking & finance, education to IT-BPM will be participating in investment briefings, business-to-business (B2B) meetings and visits to the economic zones in Clark, New Clark City, Province of Bataan, and Subic. In line with this, the delegates will also have opportunities for networking during a networking cocktail that will be hosted by the Australia Philippines Business Council (APBC) in Manila, and during the luncheon to be hosted in New Clark City by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and in Bataan by the Provincial Government of Bataan, as well as in Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

“The growth of the economy, increased productivity and post-pandemic recovery are the current priorities of the Philippine government and we need our partners in business to be fully involved and invested in the process. I am looking forward to the Business Mission and it is my fervent hope that we will be able to generate stronger interest from the private sector to develop and deepen commercial linkages between the Philippines and Australia.” Ambassador De La Vega said.

“The Business Mission will provide a great opportunity for us to strengthen our relations with Australia. We in the Subic-Clark Alliance for Development and our partners welcome the collaboration as a timely and appropriate decision to bounce back together to foster economic recovery,” said SCAD Chairman Edgardo D. Pamintuan. – NAGB

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