2024 Agenda

Indo-Pacific Business Forum Agenda PDF

08:30-08:40

Opening and Welcome Remarks

  • The Honorable Enoh T. Ebong, Director, United States Trade and Development Agency

08:40-08:55

Keynote Remarks from the U.S. Government
  • The Honorable Daniel J. Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

08:55-09:00

Introduction of His Excellency, Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., President, The Republic of the Philippines

  • The Honorable Alfredo E. Pascual, Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

09:00-09:15

Keynote Remarks from the Government of the Republic of the Philippines

  • His Excellency Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., President, The Republic of the Philippines

09:15-09:30

Networking Break

09:30-09:50

Signing Ceremony and Deal Announcements

09:50-10:35

Plenary Panel – Private Sector Views on Growth in the Indo-Pacific Region

Global and regional corporate leaders will provide their businesses’ views on key policies and investment opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region as well as areas where governments in the region can help catalyze additional economic growth.

Moderator: Ambassador Brian McFeeters, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director, US-ASEAN Business Council

Panelists:

  • Stephen Braim, Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs Asia-Pacific, IBM Asia Pacific
  • Shahrukh A.R. Mirza, Vice President, ExxonMobil LNG Market Development
  • Richard Chong Woo Shin, Chief Financial and Risk Officer, Jollibee Foods Corporation

10:35-10:45

Keynote Remarks
  • The Honorable Judith D. Pryor, First Vice President and Vice Chair, Export-Import Bank of the United States

10:45-11:30

Plenary Panel – Creating an Enabling Environment and Advancing Private Sector Investment in the Indo-Pacific

Senior officials from countries in the Indo-Pacific region will highlight how to create an enabling business environment and areas where governments in the region can work to address obstacles to regional growth.

Moderator: Francisco “Coco” Alcuaz, Communications and Investor Relations Lead, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)

Panelists:

  • Nisha Biswal, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
  • Rowena Christina L. Guevara, Undersecretary, Department of Energy 
  • Ambassador Chung Keeyong, Special Representative for Indo-Pacific, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Korea 
  • The Honorable Alfredo E. Pascual, Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry
  • Orii Sunao, Director, Business and Human Rights Policy Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

11:30-12:15

Plenary Panel – Investment Opportunities to Support Supply Chain Resiliency

Senior government and private sector officials will discuss how to bolster the supply chain ecosystem, in areas such as critical minerals and semiconductors, through like-minded partner collaboration.

Moderator: Bobby Batungbacal, Executive Director, Makati Business Club

Panelists:

  • Charmaine Olea-Capili, Executive Director,Philippine Nickel Industry Association
  • Dr. Ceferino Rodolfo, Undersecretary for Industry Development, Trade and Investment Promotions, Department of Trade and Industry 
  • Arthur Tan, Former Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI)
  • Bing Viera,  President/Country Manager, Amkor Technology Phils., Inc.

12:15-12:35

Lunch

12:35-13:35

Plenary Panel – Trilateral Cooperation on Infrastructure Investment in the Luzon Corridor

In April, the leaders of the United States, the Philippines, and Japan announced the intent to develop the Luzon Economic Corridor as the latest economic corridor of the G7 Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGI) and the first demonstration of our commitment to Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) partners as a key deliverable under the PGI IPEF Investment Accelerator. The Luzon Economic Corridor will support connectivity between Subic Bay, Clark, Manila and Batangas in the Philippines.  Together, the United States, the Philippines, and Japan will discuss the vision of the Luzon Economic Corridor and opportunities to accelerate coordinated investments in high-impact infrastructure projects, including rail; ports modernization; clean energy and semiconductor supply chains and deployments; and agribusiness to further connect and drive economic growth in each hub.

Moderator: Helaina Matza, Acting Special Coordinator
Office of The U.S. Special Coordinator for The Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, U.S. Department of State

Panelists:

  • The Honorable Frederick D. Go, Special Assistant to the President for Investment and Economic Affairs, Office of the President of the Philippines
  • Amos Hochstein, Senior Advisor to the President for Energy and Investment, The White House 
  • Hideo Ishizuki, Director-General, International Cooperation Bureau of MOFA 

13:35-13:45

Keynote Remarks

  • Tadashi Maeda, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Japan Bank for International Cooperation

13:45-14:30

Plenary Panel – Climate Adaptation and Mitigation: Views from Financiers

Senior officials from multilateral development banks and private sector financiers will discuss their efforts to support projects that mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Moderator: Marla Garin-Alvarez, Vice President & Head, Sustainability Office, BDO Unibank

Panelists:

  • Suzanne Gaboury, Director General, Private Sector Operations, Asian Development Bank 
  • F. Cleo Kawawaki, Head Office of Public-Private Partnership, Asian Development Bank 
  • Toru Kubo, Senior Director, Climate Change, Resilience, and Environment Cluster (CCRE), Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department (CCSD), Asian Development Bank 
  • Kanzo Nakai Director, Transport, Asian Development Bank 

14:30-14:40

Concluding Keynote Remarks

14:40-15:15

Networking Break

15:15-18:00

One-on-One Meetings

15:15-17:15

Breakout Panel – Launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Network

Panelists will discuss how SMEs can support economic growth in the Indo-Pacific region.

Panelists:

  • Sarah Ellerman, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific
  • Tricia Van Orden, Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Sharon Yuan, Counselor, and Chief Negotiator, Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, U.S Department of Commerce

15:15-16:15

Breakout Panel – The Clean Energy Transition

Panelists will discuss the region’s clean energy transition, key projects, and tools available to support this transition. Key topics will cover upscaling renewable energy generation, supportive transmission and distribution infrastructure required to support the clean energy transition, unlocking energy finance, and how to encourage workforce development.

Moderator: Nadhilah Shani, Senior Research Analyst – Power, Fossil Fuel, Alternative Energy and Storage (PFS) Department, ASEAN Centre for Energy

Panelists:

  • Pravi Bansal, Strategy and Transformation Advisor, Vital Energy
  • Bill Campbell, General Counsel, I Squared Capital
  • Emmanuel Rubio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aboitiz Power Corporation
  • Hiroki Sekine, Managing Executive Officer, Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group, Japan Bank for International Cooperation

15:15-16:15

Breakout Panel – Emerging Digital Technologies

Panelists will discuss emerging trends in digital technologies and infrastructure in the region, including efforts to bridge the digital divide, increase cyber security capabilities, digitalize governments and cities, and how to upskill the workforce to support these efforts.  

Moderator: John Goyer, Executive Director, Southeast Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Panelists:

  • Mitch Abdon, Digital Development Consultant, The World Bank 
  • Natasha Beschorner, Public Sector Policy Lead, Asia Pacific and Japan, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Rhett Jones, Co-Founder, RISE Philippines
  • Mashiur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer, CdNet Communications Ltd.

16:15-16:30

Networking Break

16:30-17:30

Breakout Panel – Regional Leadership through APEC

Panelists will discuss how the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is utilized to advance economic cooperation and leadership in the Indo-Pacific.  APEC is the premier platform to advance economic policies in the Asia-Pacific region to promote free, fair, and open trade and investment and advance inclusive and sustainable growth.  Discussions will go into detail about building on the outcomes of the 2023 U.S. APEC host year, including during Peru’s 2024 host year.  
Moderator:  Tomas I. Alcantara, Director, Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc., Alsons Development and Investment Corporation and Sarangani Agricultural Company, Inc., and Member, ABAC Philippines

Panelists:

  • Ambassador Charles C. Jose, APEC Senior Official, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and International Economic Relations, Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Ambassador Chung Keeyong, Special Representative for Indo-Pacific, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Korea  
  • Ambassador Matt Murray, U.S. Senior Official to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), U.S. Department of State

16:30-17:30

Breakout Panel – The Impact of U.S. Competitiveness in
Healthcare on Economic and Patient Well-Being in the Indo-Pacific

In recent times, the global landscape has undergone significant transformations, wherein the intersection of health and economic growth has become increasingly apparent. This has highlighted the need for governments to prioritize investments in health infrastructure, even in a post-COVID society. A holistic approach to health infrastructure development, one that transcends traditional healthcare delivery models to encompass the broader healthcare
ecosystem is needed. As nations strive to build resilient and inclusive societies, strategic investments in health infrastructure and sustainable healthcare systems emerge as corner stones of sustainable development and shared prosperity. In a discussion led by Puru Trivedi, panelists will discuss the why bolstering the healthcare sector and workforce is a pathway to broader economic productivity, and in turn, make society more resilient to economic shock and how partnership with the United States can support mutually beneficial health and economic goals.

Moderator: Puru Trivedi, Vice President for External and Corporate Affairs, Meridian International Center
Panelists:

  • Dr. Anthony P. Calibo, MD, DPPS, Technical Advisor – Immunization, HPV Vaccination Acceleration Program Partners Initiative (HAPPI), Jhpiego
  • Niki DaSilva, Senior Director, Policy and Programs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Anand Menon, Site Lead, Becton Dickson Philippines

17:30-19:30

Networking Reception 

This is a notional agenda; all times are subject to change

*Only the Plenary Panels will be livestreamed.