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Marcos: DTI’s business matching event yield over 200 meetings

TOKYO —President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s official visit to Japan has resulted in over 200 discussions between Philippine and Japanese companies.

“In the morning of the first day, our Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Pascual reported that the business matching event that DTI arranged for 85 Philippine companies yielded more than 255 meetings with Japanese counterparts,” Marcos said in his remarks during the high-power luncheon and networking event by premier Japanese business organizations on Friday.

The President said that he is accompanied by a group of 114 businessmen “whose activities span the whole gamut of Japan-centric business opportunities —manufacturing, construction, real estate, retail, food service, trading, telecommunications, aviation, recruitment, mining, and agribusiness.” 

Marcos also witnessed the signing of 35 investment deals on infrastructure, energy, manufacturing, and healthcare that have been sealed between the Philippine and Japanese governments and various companies.

The President also touted the Philippines’ strong macroeconomic fundamentals, liberal investment reforms, and infrastructure program as he urged Japanese businessmen to invest in the country. 

“As we go along our development journey, I invite all of you to continue and enhance that partnership. When you ‘think growth, think Philippines’ so that together, we will reap the benefits of robust, sustainable, and inclusive growth for our businesses and for our peoples,” Marcos said in his speech during the Philippine Business Opportunities Forum here.

“Let’s make it happen in the Philippines,” he added.—LDF, GMA Integrated News