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When I as­sumed the pres­i­dency of PCCI in Jan. 2018, I em­pha­sized the value of part­ner­ships to ful­fill PCCI’s mis­sion as the voice of the Philip­pine busi­ness. I be­lieve we have more than ful­filled these.Through a stronger pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship, I’d like to think that PCCI has been in­stru­men­tal in en­abling the out­come of a more com­pet­i­tive busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment. – Ma. Ale­gria “Bing” Sibal-Limjoco Pres­i­dent, PCCI

My warm­est greet­ings to the Philip­pine Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (PCCI) as it holds its 45th Philip­pine Busi­ness Con­fer­ence. Over the years, the PCCI has been the gov­ern­ment’s re­li­able part­ner in ad­vanc­ing a glob­ally com­pet­i­tive com­mer­cial land­scape through pro­grams that pro­mote grass­roots en­trepreneur­ship, cham­ber ex­pan­sion, in­ter­na­tional trade re­la­tions and busi­ness in­no­va­tions. As you ad­vo­cate sus­tain­able busi­ness devel­op­ment by link­ing var­i­ous stake­hold­ers in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, you also pro­mote the progress of mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prises through­out the coun­try. Con­fer­ences such as this redefine your role in en­abling busi­nesses to re­spond to the rapid changes brought about by glob­al­iza­tion and tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments. May the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to be shared by the at­ten­dees lead to mech­a­nisms that will bol­ster our econ­omy. Given your re­spec­tive ex­per­tise and ca­pac­i­ties, we can en­sure a brighter and more pros­per­ous fu­ture for all. I wish you a suc­cess­ful and fruit­ful event. My warm­est greet­ings to the Philip­pine Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (PCCI) and to all the at­ten­dees of the 45th Philip­pine Busi­ness Con­fer­ence! Busi­ness is key in trans­form­ing the lives of mil­lions of Filipinos. Your theme for this year’s con­fer­ence, “En­abling busi­ness in a dig­i­tal econ­omy,” is a great op­por­tu­nity not just to make sense of our present busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, but re­mind us of what mat­ters most: pros­per­ity that is shared, and growth that em­pow­ers those who work hard for it. Much has al­ready been said about the Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion. In the Philip­pines and in Asia, new tech­nolo­gies are ex­pected to af­fect mil­lions of jobs. The num­bers are alarm­ing, but it is up to CEOs and en­trepreneur­s like you to lever­age tech­nol­ogy and strengthen busi­ness to make way for a bet­ter way of life. The chal­lenge fac­ing us to­day is: How can we equip the or­di­nary Filipino with the nec­es­sary knowl­edge to sur­vive the dig­i­tal age? How do we en­sure that no one is left be­hind? It is my hope that this con­fer­ence will in­spire you to im­prove your com­pet­i­tive edge and fo­cus on con­stant col­lab­o­ra­tion, so that to­gether we can adopt new busi­ness mod­els, build con­sen­sus among or­ga­ni­za­tions, and push for an in­clu­sive devel­op­ment agenda. May you have a pro­duc­tive con­fer­ence. Mabuhay po kayo! As chair­man of the 45th Philip­pine Busi­ness Con­fer­ence and Ex­po­si­tion, it is with great honor and pride that I wel­come you all to the most highly an­tic­i­pated busi­ness con­fer­ence in the en­tire na­tion! With this year’s theme, “En­abling Busi­ness in a Dig­i­tal Econ­omy,” the Philip­pines is in­deed in a ben­e­fi­cial po­si­tion as 2019 marks our fourth con­sec­u­tive year as the top so­cial me­dia users world­wide. No­tably, more than half of the Philip­pine pop­u­la­tion are in­ter­net users as well. The Philip­pine dig­i­tal econ­omy could even ex­pand 12-fold by 2030! From this year’s P160 bil­lion, our dig­i­tal econ­omy could reach up to P1.9 tril­lion in the next 11 years. How­ever, we need two in­gre­di­ents to achieve this: first is hav­ing huge in­vest­ments in in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy (ICT) and sec­ond, putting ease in cross-border trade, es­pe­cially in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion. For the past 45 years, the Philip­pine Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try has been pro­vid­ing an ex­cep­tional av­enue for busi­ness­men and pol­i­cy­mak­ers to en­gage in a col­lab­o­ra­tive en­vi­ron­ment to dis­cuss eco­nomic is­sues that im­pact the devel­op­ment of Philip­pine busi­nesses. Amid all these talks on tech­nol­ogy and dig­i­tal­iza­tion, let us not lose sight of our pur­pose — to re­main a hu­mane so­ci­ety that pro­vides long term sus­tain­abil­ity and devel­op­ment so that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions may still wit­ness a thriv­ing and pro­gres­sive Philip­pines. For my take­away note, tech­ni­cal fea­si­bil­ity does not mean eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity. Dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion may only spur eco­nomic growth if it im­proves ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity rather than just be­ing a sub­sti­tute for the tra­di­tional econ­omy. Thank you and mabuhay! Wel­come to the 45th Philip­pine Busi­ness Con­fer­ence and Ex­po­si­tion! In­no­va­tion, dis­rup­tion, trans­for­ma­tion. These key­words have be­come syn­ony­mous to dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy and the econ­omy it has fos­tered — an econ­omy of lim­it­less op­por­tu­ni­ties, if one is cre­ative and in­no­va­tive in us­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy al­ready ex­ist­ing, but bet­ter. Uber and Grab for ex­am­ple, are the world’s largest taxi cm­pany yet they do not own any ser­vice ve­hi­cle. Airbnb, while pro­vid­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, has no real es­tate of its own. And what about Alibaba, the world’s largest re­tailer? It has no in­ven­tory of its own. An MIT Sloan re­search notes that com­pa­nies that are adapt­ing to a dig­i­tal world are 26 per­cent more prof­itable than their in­dus­try peers. The im­por­tance and value of un­der­stand­ing what the dig­i­tal econ­omy has in store for us and how busi­nesses, es­pe­cially small en­ter­prises can arm them­selves is the fo­cus of this year’s Philip­pine Busi­ness Con­fer­ence and Expo (PBC&E). With the theme, En­abling busi­ness in a dig­i­tal Econ­omy, the 45th PBC&E brings to­gether cap­tains of in­dus­tries and key pol­i­cy­mak­ers to di­a­logue on the un­fold­ing dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion and dis­prove the dis­rup­tions and in­spire in­no­va­tions. It will be a pre­sen­ta­tion of the op­por­tu­ni­ties, and also a dis­cus­sion of where we need to per­form bet­ter in. The ab­sorp­tion of new tech­nolo­gies, jobs, and skills de­mands our com­bined and most se­ri­ous ef­fort. We have pre­pared for ple­nar­ies on dig­i­tal land­scape, the Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion, fu­ture of jobs, e-Com­merce, and TechVoc in the Philip­pines, among oth­ers. We hope you take ad­van­tage of these dis­cus­sions, as well as the busi­ness match­ing and net­work­ing ses­sions dur­ing the two-day con­fer­ence. I am op­ti­mistic that, mov­ing for­ward, we all rec­og­nize the power of work­ing to­gether. If you are to take away one thing from this con­fer­ence, let it be this: When we en­able peo­ple, we en­able busi­ness. Mabuhay and God bless!

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 ??  ?? LENI RO­BREDO Vice Pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines
LENI RO­BREDO Vice Pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines
 ??  ?? RO­DRIGO ROA DUTERTE Pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines
RO­DRIGO ROA DUTERTE Pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines
 ??  ?? WIL­LIAM S. CO Chair­man, 45th PBC&E
WIL­LIAM S. CO Chair­man, 45th PBC&E

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