Filipino business people go to the ABAC meeting

Iris Gonzales – The Filipina Star

November 13, 2022 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino businesspeople will attend the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) summit meetings in Bangkok, Thailand, from November 14-18.

Sabin Aboitiz, President and CEO of Aboitiz Group and member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) PH, will lead other business people in the meetings with the aim of advancing the objectives of APEC.

The ABAC dialogue aims to revitalize the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in the region, while leveraging technology.

“We must all be constantly guided by a strong spirit of cooperation, not only between us as member nations, but also within ourselves as individual nations,” Aboitiz said.

Aboitiz will attend in his capacity as Co-Chair of ABAC’s Regional Economic Integration Working Group (REIWG) and Head of Services.

Other ABAC PH members present at the summit are Tomas Alcantara of the Alcantara Group and Joanne de Asis, Co-Chair of the ABAC Finance Working Group.

ABAC PH also includes Chairman Emeritus of Makati Business Club (MBC) Guillermo Luz and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PCCI) Francis Chua.

Joining the Philippine delegation are Ginggay Hontiveros, AEV Reputation and Sustainability Manager, and Patrick Chua, MBC/ABAC Phl.

The summit will officially open on Nov. 14 with a ceremony presided over by Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow.

The ABAC Dialogue with Leaders will be held on November 18 with ABAC President and Chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries Krieng Thiennukul who is expected to present the ABAC 2022 report to the leaders.

APEC Chairman Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will then deliver his response on behalf of APEC leaders, according to ABAC Phl.

This will be followed by breakout sessions where leaders from the public and private sectors will come together with their respective expertise to discuss economic recovery, sustainability, regional economic integration, digitalization and inclusion.

Aboitiz will be part of a group of ABAC members joined by heads of state and presidents of countries, including President Marcos, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea James Marape.

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