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Australian Embassy Supports the First Philippines Australia New Zealand Business Forum
Key government officials, economists and industry leaders from the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand are featured speakers at the First Philippines Australia New Zealand Business Forum on 27-28 February at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel.
Organised by the Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines with support from the Australian Embassy, the forum will identify new and exciting commercial opportunities that are emerging from enhanced economic integration in the Asia Pacific Region.
An impressive list of speakers include former Philippine President Fidel V Ramos, Australian Minister for Trade Delia Lawrie from the Northern Territories of Australia, Donald Dee of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Benjamin Philip Romualdez of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines.
Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell says, “I am excited about the inaugural Philippines Australia New Zealand Business Forum, and I encourage the business community to support this event.”
Trade and investment between the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand is very strong across a wide range of sectors including tourism, business process outsourcing, mining, education and food and beverage.
“Our joint activities with the government and the private sector to promote the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) are bearing fruit. The Philippines has the highest uptake of AANZFTA in ASEAN. The total two-way trade between Australia and the Philippines grew in 2010-11 by 19 per cent to almost $3 billion,” said Ambassador Tweddell.
The two-day forum has been structured around the theme of “Realize the Potential”. It will include business matchmaking and networking sessions that provide participants with the opportunity to promote their businesses, generate quality leads, and network with delegates from all three countries.
To register, visit www.panzbusinessforum.com. For further enquiries, contact ANZCHAM at Tel 755 8840 to 42.