The special joint meeting organised by the Embassy of Canada and the Government of British Columbia (BC) was held last 27 May 2016 at the Ballroom 2, Fairmont Hotel, Makati City.
The meeting's theme of Connecting Our Gateway Economies: A New Chapter in the British Columbia-Philippines Relationship was another great initiative by the Canadian government for growing its trade and investment relationship with the Philippines following on the successful Canada Trade Mission last May 2015.
The business delegation this time was led by the Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, Canada and composed of BC-based companies. Tax Partner Carlos Carado joined the joint business luncheon and mingled with the participants from the Agriculture and Processed Foods, Clean Technology, Information and Communications Technology, and Infrastructure sectors.
Tax Director Jaffy Azarraga discussed the Philippine regulatory framework relative to trade and investment, and touched upon updates on policies in doing business in the country as well as the relevant regulations and experiences in dealing with the tax authorities.
Guillermo Manuel Luz, Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines discussed about the Philippine economic outlook and Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Julian Payne talked about the challenges and opportunities for Canadians in the Philippines.
Special thanks goes to Advisory Manager Maita Quiocho for coordinating this with the British Columbia secretariat.
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