Houston, we have a roadshow

Ambassador Jose Cuisia responds to questions from potential investors during Chicago leg of investment roadshow

Ambassador Jose Cuisia responds to questions from potential investors during Chicago leg of investment roadshow

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said next year’s 3rd Philippine Investment Roadshow will be held in Houston, Atlanta and Philadelphia sometime between April and May next year.

“The 2nd Investment Roadshow was a great success gauging not only from the turnout of American corporate and government executives but also the strong interest they expressed in investing in the Philippines,” Cuisia said at the end of this year’s investment seminars held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston from April 22 to 26.

“As a matter of fact, this roadshow is more successful than the first one we held in 2012,” he further said, noting that more than 300 potential investors participated, representing an increase of 31 percent from 2012.

“We would like to do it this time in Houston, because it is the oil capital of the US; Atlanta because of its trade relations with ASEAN; and Philadelphia because of the presence of many young Filipino American professionals,” he said.

He expects next year’s roadshow to be participated in by corporate executives from the infrastructure (energy, water and highways); business process outsourcing and information technology; mining; financial services; electronics and electronic devices; and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Prominent Filipino economist Dr. Bernardo Villegas, who helped Ambassador Cuisia organize the roadshow and led the business delegation from Manila, has indicated his willingness to support next year’s roadshow.

Consul General Mario De Leon in New York said this year’s robust attendance indicated the high interest of U.S. companies on the Philippines.

“All the participants were pleased with the presentations of the Philippines’ captains of industries. Now that they know more about the many business opportunities in our country, I am optimistic that the roadshow will lead to increased business transactions between Philippine and American companies particularly in the US Northeast,” he said.

Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim in Chicago said: “This (roadshow) certainly showed why outsourcing, mining, infrastructure and finance are hot sectors in our region. Now, everybody wants to be in the game.”

“Everyone is looking forward not only to the next seminar but to their next trip to the Philippines!” he added.

Consul General Hellen Barber-De La Vega in Los Angeles said the participants found the presentations to be “comprehensive, engaging, impressive and inspiring.” In particular, Dr. Villegas’s “very good macroeconomic presentation where he explained why he believed that the Philippines will enjoy sustained and inclusive growth over the next 10 to 20 years.”

Members of the business delegation who gave presentations included: Benjamin Philip Romualdez, president of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines; Isidro Consunji, president of DMCI Holdings; Roberto Dispo, president of First Metro Investment Corp.; Rainerio Borja, president and country head of EGS Philippines; Dan Lachica, president of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. and Jesus Zulueta, Jr., chairman of ZMG Ward Howell.

Discussing the Philippine economy over morning coffee and Danish

Discussing the Philippine economy over morning coffee and Danish



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