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PBBM impresses EU businessmen following participation in EU-ASEAN business summit

December 16, 2022

ECCP Online

Europe-PH News

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. earned praises from European businessmen for his commitment to the initiatives on regional economic integration and for “soldiering on” despite catching colds.

Florian Gottein, executive director of the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP), said European businessmen commended President Marcos, who described the summit as a “much-needed dialogue” between the European Union (EU) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and acknowledged the importance of the EU as a trade and investment partner to ASEAN.

“European business leaders reacted very positively on President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s speech during a C-Suite Luncheon with European Business Leaders before the 10th ASEAN-EU business summit in which he called for more European investments in the Philippines as well as he asked for more support from Europe on climate action issues,” Gottein said in a statement.

ECCP is a bilateral foreign chamber that promotes European interests in the Philippines as well as Philippine interests in Europe.

Meanwhile, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo said top European leaders were impressed because the President “valiantly and heroically soldiered on.”

“Damang-dama ho natin, hindi po nanggagaling sa atin ‘to, pero galing mismo doon sa mga European businessmen. They were very impressed because the president valiantly and heroically soldiered on,” he said.

“Lahat po ng mga meeting niya with the businessmen, pinuntahan niya ho kahit ho wala na syaing boses, talagang pinilit niya ho mabigay ‘yung mensahe niya. Sabi niya, the messages have to come from me as the President of the Philippines, inviting the investors,” said Rodolfo.

In his speech, President Marcos said the EU-ASEAN Business Council continues to “play a crucial role” in advancing ASEAN’s regional economic integration and post-pandemic economic recovery efforts.

“We do this through its initiatives and valuable insights, which have been useful towards the prioritization of initiatives targeting the ASEAN’s regional economic integration. Through the ASEAN-EU Trade and Investment Work Programme, we hope to continue this momentum for 2023 and beyond,” Marcos said in his speech.

The chief executive also expressed his appreciation to the EU-ASEAN Business Council for its continued support and engagement to ASEAN, from the sectoral bodies up to the Leaders’ level.

“With the participation of ASEAN members in mega trade deals such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), we are well-positioned to accelerate intra-regional trade and growth,” said Marcos.


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