Berlin — The Philippine Embassy in Berlin and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) took part in the Annual Reception of the German Federal Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (BVMW) on 27 January 2020 at the Maritim Hotel, Berlin.
The BVMW held several sub-events including an Economic and Networking Forum held before the Association’s Plenary Session. The Philippines, through the PTIC led by Commercial Counselor Althea Antonio, provided information about investment sectors in the Philippines as well as developments in the country’s Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Sector (MSMEs).
Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega was likewise present at the BVMW’s Annual event which featured Keynote speeches by President Macky Sall of Senegal, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier, Economic Cooperation Federal Minister Gerd Müller, Family Affairs Federal Minister Franziska Giffey, State of Bavaria Prime Minister Markus Söder, SIEMENS CEO Joe Kaeser, Turkish Airlines Chairperson Ilker Ayci, and BVMW President Mario Ohoven.
The Philippine Embassy and PTIC are planning to have Philippine-focused activities for 2020 with the BVMW in order to promote greater engagement and best practices exchanges between the Philippine and German SMEs sectors. The BVMW has 800,000 business contacts, 300 business locations throughout Germany, 40 foreign offices, and holds or co-organizes 2,000 events annually.