Earlier this month, Dindo Manhit (Stratbase Group CEO and Managing Director and Stratbase ADRi President) and Arpee Manhit (Stratbase Group COO and Philippine Trade Foundation Inc. Executive Director) led the Philippines Inc. Eminent Persons Group (EPG) in a business mission to Washington DC and support Philippine Ambassador to the United States of America Babe Romualdez’s economic diplomacy program.
Joining the trip from Philippines, Inc. EPG were: Mr. Fausto Preysler, Jr. (President & Chairman of the Board, Smith Bell and Company), Mr. Geronimo Bella, Jr. (Chairman/President at Harbor Star Shipping Services, Inc.), Mr. Arthur Lopez (President, Philippine Hotel Owners Association, Inc.), and Mr. Job Ambrosio (Puyat, Jacinto, Santos Law Office).
In this trip the Philippines, Inc. EPG met with key leaders of the US-Asean Business Council, Center for International Trade and Economics of the Heritage Foundation, Asia Society Policy Institute, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the US Department of Commerce.
US-ASEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL
The Philippines, Inc. EPG with US-ABC VP Liz Dugan and key members of the council.
The Philippines, Inc. EPG exchanging ideas on doing business in the Philippines under the Duterte Administration.
THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION
The Philippines, Inc. EPG with Philippine Ambassador to the United States Babe Romualdez and Center for International Trade and Economics of the Heritage Foundation Director, Ambassador Terry Miller.
The Philippines, Inc. EPG together with Ambassador Babe Romualdez trading ideas how to further deepen trade between the United States and the Philippines.
The Philippines, Inc. EPG with Asia Society Policy Institute Director for Policy and Security Affairs Lindsey Ford.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
The Philippines, Inc. EPG with US Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia Diane Farell. The group discussed how American companies can be more active in the infrastructure and public services sector in the Philippines.
CONGRESSMAN TED YOHO | 3RD DISTRICT OF FLORIDA | U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Ted S. Yoho, met with the Philippines Inc. EPG and Amb. Babe Romualdez and discussed the BUILD Act – H.R. 5105.
This act, which was introduced by Yoho in the US Congress, if passed into law, will be a big boost to the US government in giving infrastructure aid to countries like the Philippines.