Berlin, Germany — The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), with the support of the Philippine Embassy in Berlin, conducted a Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Investing in the Philippines held at the Embassy on June 28, 2019.
The seminar presented opportunities for Filipinos and foreigners alike to do business in the country, and was held a day after the Day of Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises (SMEs) on June 27, 2019.
Attended by over 50 participants, the seminar was opened by Ambassador to Germany Ma. Theresa B. Dizon-De Vega, who highlighted the exciting economic developments in the Philippines.
John Clements International Inc. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and MAP Board Governor Carol Dominguez expanded on these developments in her presentation “Investing in the Philippines,” wherein she talked about the engines driving the country’s growth, among them the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, overseas Filipino remittances, tourism, demographics and talent pool, and consumption.
Taking off from the observation that Filipinos are major consumers, MAP Women Empowerment Committee Chair and BPO International CEO Maria Cristina Concepcion talked about the country’s financial technologies (Fintech) landscape, including the opportunity to broaden Filipinos’ access to financial services and to encourage investments using technology-enabled solutions. She related it to the role of women as financial managers and entrepreneurs.
Lastly, MAP member and EDI-Staffbuilders International President and CEO Cesar Averia, Jr. talked about Entrepreneurship, drawing on his personal experiences that shaped him as an entrepreneur. He also touched on his company’s work recruiting and preparing Filipino nurses for deployment to Germany and their inputs on building the 21st century global workforce.
The presentations were followed by a question and answer session where audience members raised questions or offered comments on the energy sector in the Philippines and the EU-GSP+ privileges enjoyed by Philippine exporters, among others.
The seminar concluded with the presentation by Ambassador Dizon-De Vega of a Certificate of Appreciation to the MAP team. Afterwards, the guests took part in a Networking Reception.
The MAP is one of the country’s leading management and business organizations, and the seminar in Berlin is part of a MAP’s roadshow in Germany, which will also see the organization giving seminars in Frankfurt, Munich, and Stuttgart. The MAP program is in connection with the organization’s 2019 theme of “Shaping a Competitive Future.”