Businesses Seek Continuity of Good Policies of Past Administrations – Manila Bulletin
Businessmen would like presidential aspirants to address the pressing issues on job creation, full implementation of ease of doing business, modernization of agriculture, as well as pledge to continue upgrading implementing the right policies and programs of past administrations as a path to economic growth.
This was pointed out by officials of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), which will host the 47th Philippine Business Conference and Exhibition (PBC & E), an annual gathering of businessmen. country affairs, November 17-18. via a hybrid format of a limited physical platform and a virtual platform combined with the limited face-to-face to be held here at the PCCI Innovation Center.
Jeffrey Ng, president of this year’s 47th PBC, pointed out that presidential aspirants, Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Bato dela Rosa, Ping Lacson and Manny Pacquiao, Mayor Isko Moreno and former Senator Bongbong Marcos, will have a dedicated “Presidents Forum” on November 18th. to address the pressing problems of the Philippine economy. These questions were part of the resolutions gathered from the various CICP conferences leading up to the annual PBC.
“As part of the PBC resolutions, we ask applicants to answer questions and topics on job creation, full implementation of ease of doing business and modernization of agriculture,” Ng said.
Edgardo G. Lacson, PCCI chairman of the 47th PBC & E Resolutions Committee, added that business people would like to see continuity in the implementation of good policies and programs from one of the previous administrations.
“We want Presidents to commit to pursuing all the good policies of all past administrations. The problem is that they have stopped implementing these good policies just because it is not their creation and they are so aware of their legacy. So we would like an ongoing program of good policies, not bad policies, ”Lacson said.
In his opening speech, the president of the 47th PBC & Expo explained that this year’s conference highlighted that the business world would like to discuss with the candidates for the country’s highest office about their priorities during their first 100 days in power.
The presidents must also share their point of view on the strategy of catching up with the economic recovery; support programs for micro-small and medium-sized enterprises, agriculture and fishing sectors; continuity of Build Build Build infrastructure projects; digital transformation platform; and plans for education in the Philippines and preparing young people for the industrial skills of the future.
“The last one is essential for us because it gives our country the best chance to bounce back in an efficient and formidable way. Our demographic dividend of 18-45 year olds has a technological mindset that should be geared towards our innovation strategy, ”said Ng.
Likewise, presidential candidates are also to discuss how to speed up internet connectivity to be on par with ASEAN and speed up the government’s infrastructure program, among others.
According to Ng, each candidate is given a set of questions in advance to address, but is free to address the PBC in their opening and closing statements.
The 47th PBC will focus on innovation as an effective way to adapt, develop agility and be ready for the future. Innovation has profound strategic and organizational implications on our global competitiveness and is the cornerstone of building and growing our respective businesses and their prosperity.
“The 47th PBC highlights our proactive and shared vision to reset and rebuild the economy by harnessing innovative ideas and pioneering technologies and leveraging existing platforms for innovation and partnerships. Anchored in Ambisyon Natin’s 2040 vision of a better quality of life for all Filipinos, which is “matatag, maginhawa at panatag”, the 47th PBC places the innovation agenda at the center of planning for the national economic and development policy at the enterprise level for inclusiveness and long-term sustainability, ”said Ng.
As has become the annual tradition, the 47th PBC will have Vice-President Leni Robredo to deliver the opening speech and President Duterte for the closing message.
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