Top trade officials, industry leaders in Asean 2015 forum

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Friday, February 7, 2014


TRADE and Industry Secretary Gregory L. Domingo is scheduled to visit Cebu on Feb. 19 to deliver an overview of a critical trade agreement that will affect all Southeast Asian nations next year.

The trade agreement seeks to create free movement of goods, services, manpower and investments among member-governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which includes the Philippines.

The terms of this envisioned Asean Economic Community (AEC) will be the subject of Domingo’s keynote address during an economic forum organized by the Sun.Star Media Group and SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV & Co.) in the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Domingo, along with other leaders from the government and private sectors, will also answer questions from forum participants later in the day.

Three other speakers will join Domingo during the event.

Dr. Cielito F. Habito, professor of economics at the Ateneo de Manila University and former secretary for socio-economic planning, will complement Domingo’s speech by addressing the potential impacts that the AEC agreement may have on the Philippine economy.

Habito, who also heads the Trade-Related Assistance for Development (Trade) project of the United States Agency for International Development’s Philippine operations, is an outspoken critic of certain local and foreign economic policies.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has already initiated information drives to inform the public of the AEC’s implementation in 2015. The drive is spearheaded by Ceferino S. Rodolfo, DTI assistant secretary for international trade, who will also be present at the economic forum.

Rodolfo, along with Dr. Josef T. Yap, former president of the Philippine Institute for Developmental Studies, will be on hand to discuss the potential opportunities and threats to specific industries that the AEC might bring to the country.

Local industry leaders will be on hand to react to the speakers and encourage discussion of key points of the AEC agreement.

The event will be opened by Sun.Star Chairman Jesus B. Garcia Jr. and SGV Chairman Cirilo P. Noel.

Manuel Pages of Pages Holdings will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tickets for economic forum are available at the Sun.Star offices on P. del Rosario St., Cebu City, as well as from the SGV offices at the 10th floor of the Insular Life building, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City.

Limited tickets for walk-in participants will also be available at the event. (ARJ)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 08, 2014.

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