Thank you to everybody who joined us at the Financial Times-First Metro Philippines Investment Summit on 2 August in Manila. We hope you enjoyed the inspiring keynotes, informative discussions and valuable networking opportunities.
Financial Times-First Metro Philippines Investment Summit
Strategies to Drive Long-Term Growth
Carlos Dominguez III
Secretary of Finance, Government of the Philippines
Secretary of Public Works and Highways, Government of the Philippines
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Keynote Speakers (3)
Carlos Dominguez III
Carlos G. Dominguez III, also known as Sonny Dominguez, took office on July 1, 2016 as Secretary of Finance in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. He brings to this role extensive experience in both government and the private sector. He served as Secretary of Agriculture from 1987 to 1989 and Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources from 1986 to 1987 in the administration of Corazon Aquino. He has also been a successful businessman, with holdings in several high-end hotels including the Marco Polo in Davao. He serves on several boards across various sectors and industries. He is also Chairman of the Philippine Eagle Foundation, which seeks to preserve and propagate the endangered Philippine eagle. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an MBA from Ateneo de Manila University.
Mark A. Villar has been appointed Secretary in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Before joining the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, Mr Villar served in the 15th and 16th Congress (2010-2016) as the Representative for the Lone District of Las Piñas City. During his term, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Trade and Industry, and Vice Chairman of the Committees on Overseas Workers Affairs, and Science and Technology. He authored several bills, including Acts focusing on education, health, entrepreneurship, fisheries, shipping and motor vehicles. Before being elected to Congress, he was President of Crown Asia Corporation (2002-2010). Secretary Villar is the son of former Senate President Manny Villar and Senator Cynthia Villar. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Ruchir Sharma is Head of Emerging Markets and Chief Global Strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1996 and has 21 years of investment experience. Prior to joining the firm, Mr Sharma worked with Prime Securities (Delhi), a non-banking financial services firm, where he helped run the firm’s foreign exchange business. He is a frequent op-ed contributor to the Wall Street Journal and has written for many other leading publications, including the Financial Times, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek and Time magazine. Mr Sharma is the author of Breakout Nations, a 2012 international bestseller, and The Rise and Fall of Nations, published in June 2016 by Norton.
Erramon Aboitiz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, and holds the same position for Aboitiz & Company Inc. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Aboitiz Power Corporation. He holds senior positions, to include Chairman of the following companies: Aboitiz Renewables, Inc; Therma Power, Inc; SN Aboitiz Power; Subic EnerZone Corp; San Fernando Electric Light and Power Co; Aboitiz Foundation, Inc and Aboitiz Land, Inc. In addition, Mr Aboitiz is Director of Union Bank of the Philippines, Pilmico Foods Corp, Davao Light & Power Co, Cotabato Light and Power Co and Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Inc. Mr Aboitiz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting and Finance from Gonzaga University, Spokane, USA.
Arsenio M. Balisacan is the first Chairperson of the newly created Philippine Competition Commission, a quasi-judicial body that has primary and original jurisdiction in the implementation and regulation of all competition-related issues in trade, industry, and commerce. Prior to his appointment in the Commission in February 2016, Dr Balisacan was the Economic Planning Secretary in the Cabinet of President Benigno S. Aquino III and, concurrently, the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority. He also served as the Dean and Professor of the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Economics, Director-Chief Executive of Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), and Undersecretary for Policy and Planning of the Philippine Department of Agriculture. Before joining the UP faculty in 1987, he was a Research Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu and Economist at the World Bank in Washington DC. A highly recognised development economist in Asia, Dr Balisacan has authored or co-edited seven books and published over 100 academic papers and book chapters on various development issues. His latest co-authored book, Sustainable Economic Development: Resources, Environment, and Institutions (Elsevier, 2015), lays down the foundations of sustainable development in a way that facilitates effective policy design.
Lilia de Lima
Lilia B. de Lima headed the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) for 21 years from its creation in 1995 until her retirement on June 30, 2016. She was concurrently Undersecretary in the Department of Trade and Industry. Under her leadership, PEZA rose to be one of the most admired government agencies, bringing in thousands of investors and creating millions of jobs. Prior to this, she served in the government as Commissioner of the National Amnesty Commission. She was also elected Delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention representing the then 2nd District of Camarines Sur (one of only 13 women out of 320 delegates). In the private sector, she was COO of the World Trade Center Metro Manila. Ms de Lima has been awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, the highest award given to a non-head of state by the Government of Japan. She was named Management Man of the Year 2010 by the Management Association of the Philippines, the first and only woman to date to receive this prestigious award. She was also recognised as an Outstanding Woman in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS), in the field of Law, and in 2014 received a Medal of Merit for Outstanding Achievement in the Promotion of Philippine-Japan Relations by the Philippines-Japan Society, as well as the Arangkada-Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines. In 2013 she received the Robert G. Storey International Award for Leadership by the Center for American & International Law, Dallas, Texas, and in 2011 she was given a Government Service Award by the Ateneo De Manila University. A similar award was also given by San Beda College in 2016. For her tremendous contribution to the economic development of the country in creating hundreds of economic zones nationwide, the University of the Philippines Los Baños named a flower after her: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Lilia B. De Lima.
Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr.
Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr. is President and CEO of the PHINMA Group, which has investments in energy, education, housing, hotels, strategic consulting, and steel roofing. He is also Vice-Chairman of Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp., Chairman of the educational institutions under PHINMA Education – University of Pangasinan, University of Iloilo, Araullo University, Cagayan de Oro College, and Southwestern University. In addition he serves as Chairman of Trans-Asia Power Generation Corp., Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corp., CIP II Power Corp., Microtel Inns and Suites (Pilipinas), Inc., Microtel Development Corporation, United Pulp and Paper Co., Inc., Fuld & Co., Inc., and Fuld & Co. (Philippines), Inc. He is also a director of Ayala Corporation and other PHINMA companies. Mr del Rosario is currently Chairman of the National Museum of the Philippines, the Makati Business Club, Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), the Philippines-U.S. Business Council, Integrity Initiative, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. He is a member of the Harvard Business School Asia-Pacific Advisory Board and the World Bank-Civil Service Organizations (CSO) Advisory Group. He is Vice Chairman of Caritas (Manila) and is a member of the Board of Trustees of De La Salle University, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF), Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr.-AIM Center for Corporate Social Responsibility and Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr.-C.V. Starr Center for Corporate Governance. From 1992 to 1993 Mr del Rosario served as the Philippines’ Secretary of Finance. Mr del Rosario graduated from the Harvard Business School and from De La Salle University, Manila with an AB-BSC degree, magna cum laude.
Hideo Naito is Managing Executive Officer and Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment Finance at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). He entered the former Export-Import Bank of Japan (J-EXIM) in 1985, and has served for 30 years in various sections of J-EXIM and JBIC, including the Washington DC office and Project Finance Department. After heading the Power and Water Finance Department and Project Finance Committee, Mr Naito was Director General for Corporate Planning until June 2015, when he was appointed to his current position. He is also a visiting professor for the MBA programme at Hitotsubashi University and a visiting fellow at the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University, on project finance.
Manuel Pangilinan founded First Pacific in 1981 and serves as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Within the First Pacific Group, he also holds the position of President Commissioner of P.T. Indofood Sukses Makmur, the largest food company in Indonesia. In the Philippines, he is the President and CEO of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), the country's dominant telecom company, and Smart Communications Incorporated, the largest mobile phone operator in the Philippines, and continues to serve concurrently as the Chairman of both companies. He also serves as Chairman of Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Maynilad Water Services Corporation (Maynilad), Mediaquest Incorporated, Associated Broadcasting Corporation (TV5), Philex Mining Corporation, Philex Petroleum Corporation, Manila North Tollways Corporation, Landco Pacific Corporation, Makati Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Davao Doctors Incorporated, Riverside Medical Center Incorporated in Bacolod City, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Asian Hospital Incorporated, Central Luzon Doctor’s Hospital, De Los Santos Medical Center, Metro Pacific Zamboanga Hospital Corporation, and Megaclinic. In 2012, Mr Pangilinan was also appointed as Vice Chairman of Roxas Holdings, Incorporated, the largest sugar milling operation in the Philippines – which owns and operates. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the San Beda College, President of the Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas (SBP), Chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP), and Chairman of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation, Incorporated (PDRF), a non-profit foundation established to formulate and implement a reconstruction strategy to rehabilitate areas devastated by floods and other calamities. Mr Pangilinan is also Chairman of Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the largest private sector social action organisation. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the US-Philippines Business Society, a non-profit society which seeks to broaden the relationship between the US and the Philippines in the areas of trade, investment, education, foreign and security policies and culture. Mr Pangilinan graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines, with a BA in Economics. He received his MBA degree from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Procter & Gamble Fellow.
Michael Rodriguez is a Managing Director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), the world’s premier manager of infrastructure funds, with responsibility over MIRA’s operations in the Philippines, and the management of the PHP26 billion Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure (PINAI) Fund. The PINAI Fund is a 10-year, close-ended fund established in July 2012 by leading domestic and foreign institutional investors to invest in both greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets and projects within the Philippines. It is to date the largest and the only fund to be raised specifically for infrastructure investment in the country. Mr Rodriguez’s career has been exclusively in banking and finance, both in the Philippines and overseas, for over 30 years. The past 17 years, however, have been dedicated to infrastructure investment, with Mr Rodriguez assuming senior positions at private equity firms and funds in the Asia Pacific and MENA regions. With his involvement in the closure and management of a number of infrastructure investments, Mr Rodriguez is highly experienced in all aspects of the entire private equity investment value chain -- from deal identification and execution to asset management and eventual exit. He has been exposed to a wide range of infrastructure sectors -- particularly transportation, telecommunications, social infrastructure, and energy -- and has sat on a number of company Boards, mainly to represent the investment funds he managed. As the Managing Director of the PINAI Fund, Mr Rodriguez and his team of investment professionals have been at the forefront of PPP transactions launched recently by the Philippine Government, as a principal member of bidding consortia, and in providing, where possible, assistance to grantor entities and private sector players in helping improve PPP project development and the bidding process. PINAI is also working on developing privately negotiated infrastructure investment opportunities with proven developers and operators.
Francisco C. Sebastian is Chairman of First Metro Investment Corporation. He is also Vice Chairman of Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company, and of GT Capital Holdings Inc. Mr Sebastian has been with the Metrobank Group since 1997, when he was appointed President of First Metro, a position he held for 13 years until 2011 when he became Chairman. Prior to this, Mr Sebastian managed his own corporate and financial advisory firm based in Hong Kong, Integrated Financial Services Ltd. He had been seconded to Hong Kong by Ayala Investment and Development Corporation in 1977, working as an investment banker within Ayala International Finance Ltd and then Filinvest Finance (HK) Ltd until 1984, when he started Integrated Financial Services. Mr Sebastian graduated Magna Cum Laude with an AB degree in Economics (Honours) from Ateneo de Manila University.
Mara K. Warwick is the Country Director of the World Bank office in the Philippines. Trained as an environmental engineer, Dr Warwick has expertise in flood management, urban development, urban environmental services and disaster risk management. Before she assumed the role of Country Director in the Philippines, Dr Warwick served as the Portfolio and Operations Manager for China, Mongolia and Korea. In this role, she supported programmes and projects in climate change mitigation and adaptation, infrastructure development and social service reform in China and Mongolia. From 2010 to 2012, she was Sector Coordinator for Sustainable Development in Ankara, Turkey. In this role she coordinated the World Bank’s development policy and investment lending in the energy, environment, urban and rural development, transport and social development sectors in Turkey. From 2003 to 2009, Dr Warwick managed projects in both China and the Philippines related to water supply, wastewater, solid waste and flood management. Before joining the World Bank in 2003, she worked as an engineer in the private sector. An Australian national, Dr Warwick received a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the University of Adelaide, Australia and a Master’s and PhD in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in the US.
Henny Sender joined the Financial Times in 2007. She was previously the Wall Street Journal's Senior Special Writer for the Money & Investing section and covered private equity and hedge funds. Before joining the Journal, Ms Sender worked in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years and covered regional finance for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Prior to that, she was in Tokyo for five years for Institutional Investor. Ms Sender was part of a team at the Journal that won a Loeb award for coverage of the meltdown of Amaranth, a hedge fund. Her work on the overseas Chinese received a citation from the Overseas Press Club and she was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Her book on India, The Kashmiri Pandits, was published by Oxford University Press. Ms Sender holds an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Victor Mallet is a journalist, commentator and author with more than two decades of experience in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Effective October 1, 2016, he will be Asia News Editor for the Financial Times, based in Hong Kong. Previously, he was the FT’s South Asia Bureau Chief, based in New Delhi, and Bureau Chief in Madrid. Prior to that, Mr Mallet was the Asia Editor in Hong Kong, managing the FT’s coverage of Asia Pacific and writing editorials, columns and features on security, politics, economics and business. Mr Mallet twice won the Society of Publishers in Asia Award for Opinion Writing. In India, he was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism as a foreign correspondent, for a 2012 feature about the rise of Narendra Modi. Mr Mallet’s highly praised book on the south-east Asian industrial revolution and the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, The Trouble with Tigers (HarperCollins), was first published in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oxford University.
Agenda - 2nd Aug
1:15pmInvocation and National Anthem
1:25pmWelcome from the FT
Victor Mallet, Asia News Editor, Financial Times
1:30pmOpening Remarks from First Metro
Francisco Sebastian, Chairman, First Metro Investment Corporation
Carlos Dominguez III, Secretary of Finance, Government of the Philippiines
2:00pmInternational Keynote Address: The Rise of the Philippines
Ruchir Sharma, Head of Emerging Markets and Chief Global Strategist, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and author, The Rise and Fall of Nations
Moderator: Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times
2:50pmPanel Discussion: Policies and Strategies to Boost Investment, Productivity and Competitiveness
One of the key aims of the recently inaugurated ASEAN Economic Community was to drive trade flows between member states and the rest of the world. However, partly in response to slowing global growth and weakened demand from key trading markets, a number of Southeast Asian economies have been rethinking their growth models. The previous focus on foreign investment, manufacturing and production for exports is shifting in favour of domestic consumption. In line with this shift, governments are looking to upgrade infrastructure, improve the ease of doing business, and equip their workforces with the necessary skills to accelerate productivity. In 2015, higher employment, low inflation, and rising remittance inflows supported healthy growth in domestic consumption and private investment. Services were an important growth driver – led by robust business process outsourcing, tourism and retailing. What structural reforms are needed in order to further drive this momentum, particularly with regard to SMEs and the services sector? How can the private sector contribute to increasing the nation’s competitiveness – especially in terms of technological advancement, innovation and skills training? What challenges and opportunities arise from China’s slowdown and economic transition? The Philippines is not among the 12 parties in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but has been invited to participate in the second round of negotiations. How meaningful will large trade agreements such as the TPP be over the long term? To what extent will Brexit affect the Philippines?
Erramon Aboitiz, President and CEO, Aboitiz Equity Ventures
Paola Alvarez, Spokesperson, Department of Finance, Government of the Philippines
Arsenio Balisacan, Chairperson, Philippine Competition Commission
Lilia de Lima, recently retired Director General, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)
Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr., Chairman, Makati Business Club
Moderator: Victor Mallet, Asia News Editor, Financial Times
Mark Villar, Secretary of Public Works and Highways, Government of the Philippines
4:15pmPanel Discussion: Fresh Approaches to Plugging the National Infrastructure Deficit
One of the key challenges to investment-led growth is the national infrastructure deficit. Years of underinvestment and delays have meant that many projects in the pipeline have never been fully executed. In 2015, however, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) introduced radical reforms, improving governance within the agency in order to accelerate the pace of execution and implementation. With infrastructure being a key priority for the new administration, will other government agencies focus their energies on improving processes and practices? With the expansion of the Public-Private Partnership programme, it is expected that the private sector will take a major role in solving infrastructure bottlenecks. PPP programmes looking to raise funds for infrastructure projects have already had some success in tapping the bond market for project financing. To complement this, the Philippine Stock Exchange and the government’s PPP Center are now collaborating in developing capital markets for PPP infrastructure financing. How do international investors view investments in Philippine infrastructure assets? What developments or reforms are needed to increase appetite and boost investor confidence in this asset class? What sorts of securities products might be attractive to those looking to gain exposure to infrastructure projects and ventures? What impact will the funds being injected into regional infrastructure projects by China and Japan have on the Philippines?
Mark Villar, Secretary of Public Works and Highways, Government of the Philippines
Hideo Naito, Managing Executive Officer, Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Manuel Pangilinan, Managing Director and CEO, First Pacific Company Limited
Michael Rodriguez, Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) and Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure
Mara Warwick, Country Director, World Bank in the Philippines
Moderator: Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times
Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times
- Hear from members of the new cabinet, along with economists, investors and senior business leaders
- Find out which sectors are driving growth, and the structural reforms needed to further drive this momentum
- Gain insights on the latest strategies for ensuring infrastructure projects get off the ground
- Debate the attractiveness of the Philippines as an investment destination
- Network with influential spokespeople from government, business and finance
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First Metro Investment Corporation is a leading investment bank in the Philippines with over fifty years of service in the development of the country’s capital markets. It is the investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group, one of the largest financial conglomerates in the country.
First Metro and its subsidiaries offer a wide range of services, from debt and equity underwriting to loan syndication, project finance, financial advisory, investment advisory, government securities and corporate debt trading, equity brokering, online trading, asset management, and research. It has established itself as a leading bond house with key strengths in origination, structuring and execution.
As a prime mover in the Philippine capital markets, First Metro continues to solidify its commanding position by successfully participating in 88% of the total debt and equity transactions in 2015, raising P399.14 billion for the state and its corporate partners.
First Metro was chosen as the Best Investment Bank in the Philippines by Global Finance this year and by Euromoney in 2015 – the first time a local investment bank has won this prestigious award. First Metro was also recognized by The Asset as Best Domestic Bond House for the seventh straight year, as well as Best M&A House in the Philippines for 2015 – again the first time a local investment bank won this recognition. In 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014 First Metro was awarded Best Bond House in the Philippines by FinanceAsia; in 2012, Best Equity House; and in 2013, one of the Top 10 Best Managed Companies in the country. New York-based management consulting firm Stern Stewart & Co., in its Relative Wealth Added Index, ranked First Metro among the Top 11 Philippine companies and among the 100 best in ASEAN in 2009.
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The British Chamber of Commerce Philippines is the recognised voice of British businesses in the Philippines with more than 260 member companies or over 600 representatives/ entrepreneurs.
BCCP holds events such as breakfast seminars on specific informative topics and networking events for businesses. We work closely with the British Embassy and the UK Trade and Investment and foreign Chambers which expands our members' networking opportunities, giving them the chance to meet more business networks and potential partners.
We also operate the International UK Business Network Project to increase British export to key global markets like the Philippines. We promote the Philippines to UK companies who wish to start marketing their products or services in the Philippines. We assist them with their market entry strategies through market research and sector analysis. We introduce clients to local businesses to enter into a partnership and to find trustworthy distributors to do business with.
The Fund Managers Association of the Philippines (FMAP) was established in 1997 as an organization of equity and fixed income fund managers with the primary goal of fostering the development of the Philippine capital markets, particularly the investment management industry. Currently, FMAP has 298 individual-members from 49 institutions comprising banks, insurance companies, investment houses, mutual funds, pension funds, government financial institutions, schools, cooperatives, and domestic corporations.
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As the country’s number 1 newspaper, the Philippine Daily Inquirer remains steadfast in its commitment to deliver “Balanced news, fearless views” to readers and where it matters.
The Inquirer aims to empower the Filipino people. From hard-hitting news and exposes to stories of ordinary Filipinos, the Inquirer continues to provide its readers accurate and credible information that incites opinions and actions on current issues.
For 29 years, the Inquirer has been the most innovative broadsheet with special niche sections for the youth (Super, 2bu and 2bu Ultimate), children (Junior Inquirer), culture and society (Inquirer Lifestyle and RED Magazine), education (Learning), business (Business Monday, Business Friday, Banking and Stock Market updates), and even golf enthusiasts (Inquirer Golf Monthly).
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