The Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines (JFC) will be having their Sixth Anniversary Arangkada Philippines Forum this year with the theme “Implementing the 10-Point Agenda.”
The 2017 forum will emphasize the 10-point Socioeconomic Agenda of the Duterte Administration. With a combination of public and private sector speeches and panelists, the forum will discuss key programs and policies that support achievement of the ten points in the years ahead. Such reforms will be discussed within the framework of Arangkada’s Seven Big Winner Sectors (Agribusiness, BPM, Creative Industries, Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Logistics, Mining, and Tourism).
The Arangkada Philippines Project is the major advocacy—launched in 2010—of the JFC to increase investment and employment in the Philippines. In 2010, the JFC published the Arangkada Philippines 2010: A Business Perspective, an advocacy paper reflecting inputs from focus group discussions of top business leaders on seven sectors with high growth potential: agribusiness, BPM, creative industries, infrastructure, manufacturing and logistics, mining, and tourism, with 471 recommendations to build a more competitive Philippine economy, leading to high growth and new jobs.
The JFC has published five annual assessments of these recommendations, six policy briefs, and seven policy notes, all intended to improve the investment climate. Their advocacy efforts have contributed significantly to recent strong economic growth and the large increase in foreign direct investment, which reached US$ 7.9 billion in 2017, approaching levels of some competing ASEAN economies. These publications are available at the Arangkada website www.arangkadaphilippines.com.
The Sixth Anniversary Arangkada Philippines Forum 2017 will be held on September 14, 2017 at the Marriot Grand Ballroom, Manila. Registration for the forum is now ongoing.