OPPORTUNITY IN UNCERTAINTY

Early in 2021, recovery outlooks have emerged, painting a good start for bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic. While such recovery has started surfacing, however, more recent developments have slowed it down and even made it “gloomy and more uncertain,” as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated in its most recent World Economic Outlook update back in July. From the earlier 3.6%, IMF reduced its projection of global real gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 3.2% in 2022; and also from 3.6%, the fund slashed its growth forecast for 2023 to 2.9%.

In light of this projected slowdown, emerging and developing economies will need to carefully calibrate fiscal and monetary policies, undertake reforms and seize the best opportunities to:

all aimed at building a better and more inclusive future for everyone.

SEEK OPPORTUNITIES!

BusinessWorld’s award-winning flagship program, the BusinessWorld Economic Forum, returns to an in-person event on November 29, 2022 at Grand Hyatt, Manila carrying the most timely and hopeful theme:

“Forecast 2023: Opportunity in Uncertainty”

This high-level forum will set the stage for topnotch speakers and experts to talk about the most relevant and important topics and issues with an audience composed of the country’s top decision-makers, policymakers, industry and business leaders, as well as investors, professionals and entrepreneurs. It also provides a great opportunity for networking among speakers, delegates, advertisers, and partners.

This year’s theme of BusinessWorld’s award-winning conference will look closely at:

FORECAST TO LOOK FORWARD

PROGRAM & AGENDA

DAY 1
8:00 A.M.
REGISTRATION / SNACKS/NETWORKING
9:00 A.M.
OPENING CEREMONIES

INVOCATION

NATIONAL ANTHEM

OPENING VIDEO

WELCOME ADDRESS

Miguel G. Belmonte, President and CEO, BusinessWorld
9:30 A.M.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Reform Road to 2025: Key Legislative Measures to Boost Philippine Businesses

Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, House Speaker, House of Representatives of the Philippines
10:00 A.M.
KEYNOTE MESSAGE (VIDEO 1)

Sustaining Recovery through Mounting Risks

Benjamin E. Diokno, Secretary, Department of Finance
10:20 A.M.
KEYNOTE MESSAGE (VIDEO 2)
Bracing for Headwinds: Economic Outlook for 2023

Krishna Srinivasan, Director for Asia Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund
10:40 A.M.
PANEL DISCUSSION 1
Planting the Seeds of Growth: Boosting the Agriculture Sector and Ensuring Food Security

Mercedita A. Sombilla, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and Regulations,Department of Agriculture (DOA)
Bruce J. Tolentino, Private Sector Board Member, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Dr. William S. Co, PCCI Chairman & Director for Agriculture and Fishery Committee
Ricardo Manuel M. Sarmiento, President & CEO, Vitarich Corporation
Moderator: Wilfredo G. Reyes, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessWorld
11:40 A.M.
FIRESIDE CHAT 1

Moving Forward Collaboratively: Strengthening Private- Public Partnerships

Cosette Canilao, President and CEO, Aboitiz InfraCapital
One-on-one interview with: Santiago J. Arnaiz, Founder, Bardic, Chief Communications Officer, SFI
12:00 NN

LUNCH BREAK

12:45 P.M.
Launch of BWORLDX

Lucien C. Dy Tioco, Executive Vice-President, BusinessWorld
1:00 P.M.
KEYNOTE MESSAGE (VIDEO 3)

Transforming the World for the Better: Updates on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Neo Gim Huay, Managing Director Centre for Nature and Climate, World Economic Forum
1:15 P.M.
FIRESIDE CHAT 2

Growing the Green Movement: Opportunities in the Philippines’ Green Finance and Infrastructure Market

Jean-Marc Arbogast, Country Manager for the Philippines, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
One-on-One Interview with: Danie P. Laurel, Anchor, OneNews
1:35 P.M.
PANEL DISCUSSION 2

Powering the Future: The Philippines’ Roadmap to a Diverse and Sustainable Energy Industry

Michael Sinocruz, Director,Energy Policy and Planning Bureau, Department of Energy (DOE)
James A. Villaroman, Chief Strategy Officer, Aboitiz Power
Miguel de Jesus, Executive Director & Head for Commercial Operations, ACEN
Moderator: Victor V. Saulon, Editor, BusinessWorld
2:35 P.M.
PRESENTATION
Insights on 2023 Philippine Economic Outlook

Jon Canto, Co-Managing Partner for Philippines & Senior Vice-President, McKinsey & Company
3:00 P.M.
PANEL DISCUSSION 3

Education For All: Working Together towards High-Quality and Inclusive Education

Epimaco V. Densing III , Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Department of Education (DepEd)
Dr. Cynthia B. Bautista, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, University of the Philippines
Cris Ngo, Learning Design Manager, Phinma Education
Ina Jacinto-Gervasio, Entrepreneur-in-Residence for KodeGo and EdVenture, Globe
Moderator: Santiago J. Arnaiz, Founder, Bardic, Chief Communications Officer, SFI
4:00 P.M.
FIRESIDE CHAT 3

Responding to the Changing Skills Demand: Upskilling and Reskilling the Current and Future Workforce

Pauline Fermin, President & CEO, Acumen Strategy Consultants
One-on-One Interview with: Sam L. Marcelo, Multimedia Editor, BusinessWorld
4:20 P.M.
PANEL DISCUSSION 4


Exploring the Digital Sphere: Embracing Technologies and Consumer Banking of the Future

Marvin Germo, CEO of Stock Smarts. Stock Market, Crypto and NFT
Archieval B. Tolentino, President, ISOG
Kristoffer Rada, Head of Public Policy, TikTok Philippines
Fitzgerald S. Chee, Vice-President and Head of Consumer Platforms, Consumer Bank, BPI
Moderator: Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter, BusinessWorld
5:20 P.M.

Closing Remarks: Wilfredo G. Reyes, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessWorld

END

Host

Danie Laurel, One News Anchor and BusinessWorld Columnist
Regina Hing, Head of Business News, OneNews
Names in orange font are unconfirmed. 

WHY YOU SHOULD BE THERE

SPEAKERS

Mercedita A. Sombilla
Undersecretary
Policy, Planning, and Regulations
Department of Agriculture

Bruce J. Tolentino
Private Sector Board Member
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

William S. Co
Vice-Chairman, PCCI Chairman
Agriculture and Fishery Committee

Ricardo Manuel M. Sarmiento
President & CEO
Vitarich Corporation

Cosette V. Canilao
President and CEO
Aboitiz InfraCapital

Jean-Marc Arbogast
Country Manager for the Philippines International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Michael O. Sinocruz
Director for Energy Policy and Planning Bureau
Department of Energy

James A. Villaroman
Chief Strategy Officer
AboitizPower

Miguel de Jesus
Executive Director & Head for Commercial Operations
ACEN

Jon Canto
Co-Managing Partner for Philippines & Senior Vice-President
McKinsey & Company

Epimaco V. Densing III
Undersecretary and Chief of Staff
Department of Education

Cynthia B. Bautista
Vice-President for Academic Affairs
University of the Philippines

Cris Ngo
Learning Design Manager
Phinma Education

Ina Jacinto-Gervasio
Entrepreneur-in-Residence for KodeGo and EdVenture
Globe

Pauline Fermin
President & CEO
Acumen Strategy Consultants

Marvin Germo
CEO
Stock Smarts

Toff Rada
Head of Public Policy
Tiktok Philippines

Archieval B. Tolentino
President
Information Security Officers Group (ISOG)

Fitzgerald S. Chee
Vice President and Head of Consumer Platforms, Consumer Bank
BPI

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