Notice of Postponement of the 38th Joint Meeting of PHILJEC and JPECC

Due to the uncertainty of how the issues regarding COVID-19 might develop in the Philippines, PHILJEC would like to inform all interested participants that the 38th Joint Meeting of PHILJEC and JPECC scheduled on March 12, 2020, at New World Hotel Makati is postponed.

Registration for the event is also temporarily suspended. The PHILJEC secretariat will provide updates regarding the new date of the Joint Meeting as soon as it’s available and process requests for registration fee and sponsorship refund.

Posted here is the formal announcement from PHILJEC Chairman, Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores.


POSTPONED: PHILJEC & JPECC 38th Joint Meeting to Focus on Innovation and Digitalization

Notice of Postponement of the 38th Joint Meeting of PHILJEC and JPECC

The 38th Joint Meeting of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc. (PHILJEC) and its Japanese counterpart, Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee (JPECC) will take place on March 12, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New World Makati Hotel. 

This year’s theme is “Promoting Philippines-Japan business through Innovation and Digitalization” and will welcome executives and representatives from top Filipino and Japanese companies. Hon. Ernesto M. Pernia, Secretary of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman of Ayala Corporation, are scheduled to deliver their keynote addresses during the event. It will be followed by a short Q&A. 

There will be two plenary sessions focusing on different industries. Session 1, Instituting Innovation in Industries,” will focus on logistics, finance, real estate, and retail. Session 2, Promoting the Development of other Industries,” will focus on human resource training. It will also present updates on the development of smart cities like the New Clark City and will also tackle the issue of increasing the number and value of investments in manufacturing industries. 

Guest speakers include, among others, Mr. Edwin Bautista, President, Union Bank; Mr. Nobuhide Hayashi, Senior Advisor, Mizuho Bank, Ltd.; and Ms. Doris Magsaysay-Ho, President & CEO, Magsaysay Group of Companies. 


Visit The 38th Joint Meeting of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committees event website to register.

For more information or inquiries, you may contact the PHILJEC secretariat at (+632) 8892-4916 to 19 or at datan@pjff.ph.

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PHILJEC & PJS Members Attend 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting in Tokyo

Headed by Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores, the Chairman of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc., PHILJEC and PJS delegates attended the 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting held at The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo from December 12 to 14, 2019. This year’s meeting, hosted by the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), focused on the theme “New Reality and Opportunity for ASEAN and Japan in the Face of New Global Trends.” More than 150 business leaders with diverse backgrounds gathered to discuss the impact of digitalization on industries and the new opportunities arising from such disruptive changes.

The meeting officially started with a welcome dinner on December 12 with greetings from Mr. Hashimoto Keiichiro, Vice Chairman and President, Keizai Doyukai. Mr. Hiyashi Nobuhide, the 45th AJBM Chairman, gave the welcome toast to guests that evening.

The first plenary session, held on the morning of December 13, presented two keynote speeches. Mr. Imai Yasuyuki, Senior Vice Officer and COO, Softbank (Softbank Business Development Strategy in Asia), talked about “Technology Utilization Japan’s New Challenge—Position and Relationship with ASEAN.” After Mr. Yasuyuki’s presentation, Mr. Konuma Yasuyuki, Director & Senior Executive Officer, Tokyo Stock Exchange gave his speech on “Market Cooperation and Mutual Growth of Japan and ASEAN.” A Q&A followed each keynote presentation.

Shortly after lunch was served, the discussion among ASEAN-Japan Startups commenced. Officially titled “Growth Strategy of ASEAN – Japan Startups Expanding Globally,” the panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Mashita Naoaki, CEO & Founder, V-Cube and included panelists:

  • Mr. Izumo Mitsuru, CEO & founder, Euglena
  • Mr. Ota Yoshihiro, Head of CEO Office, Axelspace Corporation
  • Mr. Taniguchi Naoji, CEO & CTO, Holoeyes
  • Mr. Jeffrey Foo, CEO & Mr. Sean Ong, Regional Group Director for Japan & Korea, LIV3LY
  • Mr. Prasetio Erlimus, CEO, PT Compro Kotak Inovasi
  • Mr. Honma Masahiko, General Partner, Incubate Fund

Several Breakout Sessions were held from two to four in the afternoon. Mr. Watanabe Kazufumi, Vice President, Amazon Japan, moderated the session “Connecting the Markets and Enhancing Opportunities—Digital changes consumer marketE-commerce).” Mr. Hachiuma Fuminao, President & CEO, J-OIL MILLS, INC. led the session “Upgrading Industries—Digital Changes Industry Infrastructure and Value Chains (manufacturing & human resources), while Dr. Asano Toshio, Former President and CEO, Asahi Kasei Corporation, moderated the session “Enhancing Well-Being for All—Smart, Sustainable and Quality Solutionssmart city solutions, energy & environment, mobility.”

The second plenary session followed the Breakout Sessions and provided reports from those sessions and the opportunity for a Q&A. Mr. Hayashi and Mr. Hashimoto gave the wrap up and closing remarks. A closing dinner and cocktails followed, which also served as a networking opportunity for the participants.

December 14 was reserved for the AJBM Steering Committee Meeting.

45th AJBM Program


PHILJEC & PJS Members Heading to Tokyo for 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting

PHILJEC and PJS representatives are scheduled to participate in the 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) set on December 12 to 14, 2019 at The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. The Philippine delegation will be headed by its PHILJEC Chairman, Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores.

This year’s meeting is centered on the theme “New Reality and Opportunity for ASEAN and Japan in the Face of New Global Trends” and aims to provide a venue for participants to launch a discussion over the future model of ASEAN-Japan business partnership against a backdrop of disruptive changes happening in the ASEAN economy and society as global business moves toward digitization.

Senior Vice Officer and COO of Softbank, Mr. Yasuyuki Imai and Director and Senior Executive Officer of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Mr. Yasuyuki Konuma will deliver their keynote addresses on the opening day of the meeting. Diverse and high-level participants from established Japanese companies and start-ups are also expected to present and join panel discussions during the 3-day event.

The AJBM is an annual meeting that promotes economic exchange among private sector businesses towards the stability and development of ASEAN and Japan. The 45th AJBM is closely organized with important public organizations including METI, MoFA, JETRO and JOIN.


PHILJEC Holds Special Board Meetings for Activities in 2020

Members of PHILJEC’s Board of Trustees met in two separate special board meetings in July 1 and August 6, 2019 to discuss the details of the organizations upcoming activities, most notable of which is the scheduled 38th PHILJEC-JPECC Joint Meeting in 2020. Both meetings were held at the Board Room of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Center, 6th Floor Electra House Building, 115-117 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

PHILJEC Chairman, MR. Gerard B. Sanvictores, presided over the meetings. The July discussion covered the pre-meeting for the 45th ASEAN Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) that eventually took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 29, 2019 and the possible PHILJEC Golf Tournament in October 2020. 

The board members further ironed out details for the 38th PHILJEC-JPECC Joint Meeting when they met in August and discussed the proposal of the Makati Business Club to organize a Philippines-Japan Business Council. 


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