Event Details

Against the backdrop of a bleak economic environment, the Philippines is now at a crossroads to maintain its long-term gains by effectively managing the twin challenges of a public health emergency and a dragging economy. Despite hitting a snag in its first year navigating the "new normal", recent developments and structural reforms offered a wide elbow room for policymakers to boost the country's economic prospects as a vital market in the region for foreign direct investments.

The signing of the landmark tax reform law also known as the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act, the Financial Institutions Strategic Transfer (FIST) Act, and the inking of the world's largest trade bloc known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), of which the Philippines is a party, are now among the country's encouraging measures to restore confidence and continue to attract high levels of trade and investments including those from Europe.

In this year's flagship event, the 2021 European-Philippine Business Summit will bring a series of high-level online conversations on how we can set a course for the next decade of stronger European-Philippine economic ties and brighter economic opportunities. Now on its eighth run, the Summit will feature key government figures, business leaders, and experts who will take a closer look at the country's long-term economic outlook, promising growth sectors, and the next agenda of doing business in the Philippines.

NordCham Philippines, being one of the co-organizers, invites you to sign-up for this event happening 23 and 30 September 2021, from 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

Ticket Prices:

NordCham Business Partner (Member)

1-Day Pass: 600PHP

2-Day Pass: 1000PHP


1-Day Pass: 800PHP

2-Day Pass: 1300PHP

Log-in details will be sent to registered participants via a separate email an hour before the event starts.

Working Agenda

Day 1

2:30 - 2:35 PM 


Mr. Lars Wittig (confirmed)


European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

Introduction of Keynote Speakers

Mr. Bo Lundqvist (confirmed)


Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

2:35 - 2:45 PM


Mission of the European Union to ASEAN on Sustainable Development

H.E. Igor Driesmans

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Mission of the European Union to ASEAN

2:45 - 2:55 PM


EU perspective on trade and investment; economic ties

H.E. Luc Véron 


Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary

EU Delegation in Manila

2:55 - 3:05 PM


European Free Trade Association (EFTA) perspective on trade and investments in the Philippines

H.E. Alain Gaschen (confirmed) 

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of Switzerland to the Philippines


This high-level keynote session will take stock of the country's overall economic performance one year into the "next normal" and look ahead to the future of doing business in the Philippines. It will also zoom in the prospects of policy and structural reforms to regain the country's growth momentum.

Introduction of Keynote Speakers

Mr. Joost Mes (confirmed)


Dutch Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

3:05 - 3:25 PM


Philippine Perspective on Trade and Investment

3:25 - 3:40 PM

KEYNOTE SPEECH: European Business Perspective

Mr. Michael Raeuber (confirmed)

Group CEO, Royal Cargo Inc.

Chair, ECCP Infrastructure Committee Chair

3:40 - 3:55 PM

Presentation 2: 2022 Economic outlook by HSBC (confirmed)

3:55 - 4:10 PM

Smart Infrastructure and Digitalization

Mr. Ram Maganti (confirmed)

Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing & Innovation


4:10 - 5:15 PM

Panel discussion and Q&A Session

Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Hon. Ramon Lopez (confirmed)

Royal Cargo Group CEO Mr. Michael Raeuber (confirmed)

Holcim Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing & Innovation Mr. Ram Maganti (confirmed)

EU-ASEAN Business Council Executive Director Mr. Chris Humphrey (confirmed) 

Moderated by OneNews (to be confirmed)

5:15 - 5:20 PM

Closing Remarks

Mr. Christophe Vicic (confirmed)


French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines

Day 2


Global industries are reimagining themselves in the face of the unfolding health crisis which accelerated technological advancements, shifted consumer behavior, and compelled new policy responses. This discussion will examine sectors with the most potential to support the country's economic recovery. Likewise, policymakers will present updates on the government's broader plans to create a more sustainable, resilient, and competitive economy that is also viable for trade and investments.

2:30 - 2:35 PM


Mr. Lars Wittig (confirmed)


European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

Introduction of Keynote Speakers Ms. Christina Stieber (to be confirmed)

Commercial Counsellor, Advantage Austria

2:35 - 2:55 PM

COVID-19 updates

Hon. Carlito Galvez, Jr.

Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar

National Policy Against COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases

2:55 - 3:15 PM

Economic Recovery Roadmap

3:15 - 3:55 PM

Panel Discussion and Open Forum

Vaccine czar and National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr.

Moderated by Mr. Chris Nelson, British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

3:55 - 4:00 PM

SESSION BREAK: Transition to the breakout sessions/rooms

GROWTH SECTORS: Moving Full Speed Ahead with COVID-19 Recovery

Open Finance

4:00 - 4:05 PM

Opening Message

European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

4:05 - 4:20 PM

Industry presentation

UBX (confirmed)

4:20 - 4:35 PM

Gov. Benjamin Diokno (confirmed) 

Governor, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

4:35 - 5:20 PM

Open Forum / Question and Answer

5:20 PM

Closing of Session

Hon. Juan Miguel Zubiri


Senate of the Philippines

Note: All speakers and panelists are invited unless otherwise indicated


Event Sponsors

Tickets Register

NordCham Business Partner (Member) 1-Day Pass
Member Price ₱600
NordCham Business Partner (Member) 2-Day Pass
Member Price ₱800
Non-Member 1-Day Pass
Non-Member 2-Day Pass

Sponsorship Packages

If you are interested, in becoming a sponsor for this event, please send an email to maan.yu@nordcham.com.ph 

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