The Manila Times Economic Forum 2023 Highlights: Insights from Keynote Speakers and Panelists
The Manila Times Annual Economic Forum 2023 was a highly anticipated event, gathering leaders from prominent companies and banks to discuss the economic growth of the Philippines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The keynote speakers and panelists shared their insights and perspectives on the current economic situation, and how businesses and organizations can leverage digitalization to drive sustainable growth.
The representative of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Mr. Felipe Medalla, discussed the economic growth of the Philippines. The World Bank, Mr. Ndiame Diopp, and the Asian Development Bank, Mr. Kelly Bird, also shared their views on the current financial status of the country and the challenges that lie ahead.
The Resident Representative to the Philippines of the International Monetary Fund, Mr. Ragnar Gudmundsson, highlighted the resilience of Filipinos and how they have worked hard for the betterment of their lives, despite the restrictions and lockdowns during the pandemic.
The CEO of Angkas, Mr. George Royeca, shared the inspiring journey of hardships and success of the company. How his company has overcome challenges to provide better and safer transportation to many Filipinos. His story highlights the entrepreneurial spirit of Filipinos, and how innovation can drive growth even in the most challenging times.
During the interview session, the panelists are the President and CEO of Aboitiz Infracapital Ms. Cosette Canilao, President of BDO Capital & Investment Corporation Mr. Eduardo Francisco, CEO of Lobien Realty Group Inc. Ms. Sheila Lobein and the President and CEO of Digitalinnov Mr. Milo Sandig.
The panelists were optimistic about the country's economic growth, especially with the current administration's direction. They also discussed the Ease of Doing Business policy and policy gaps that could do wonders in making it easy for business people to do their thing. They also talked about digitalization and the need to integrate it into the government's processes.
Mr. Milo Sandig emphasized the importance of starting from the grassroots level when it comes to digitalization. He highlighted the need to digitize the barangay level and create a digital backbone for each agency with a unified language. He also discussed during the pre-interview the potential of creating apps and websites to bring government services closer to the people and the role of robotics in enhancing efficiency and productivity.
In conclusion, The Manila Times Economic Forum 2023 showcased the potential of the Philippines to achieve sustainable economic growth and the importance of digitalization in driving this growth. The event brought together leaders from different sectors, who shared their insights and experiences on how to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the current economic landscape. If you're interested in exploring the potential of digitalization for your business or organization, contact us today to learn more.