The Philippines Takes Center Stage as Guest Country of Honor at 2020 CIFIT

The Philippines takes center stage as Guest Country of Honor (GCH) at the 2020 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) held in Xiamen, China on 8 to 11 September 2020. (Xiamen PCG photo)

The Philippines was featured as Guest Country of Honor (GCH) at the 2020 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) held at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center in Xiamen, China from 08 to 11 September 2020.

In view of travel restrictions, COVID-19 was held both offline and online. Sponsored by the Alibaba Group of Companies, an online CIFIT edition is being made available all year round.

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana (in blue barong) discusses with STR John Paul Iñigo of PTIC Guangzhou (in white shirt) the access QR Codes to various Investment Projects for Chinese businessmen and investors at the 2020 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) with the Philippines as Guest Country of Honor (GCH). (Xiamen PCG photo)

The Philippines took center stage as it spearheaded and organized the Philippine Investment Forum with such speakers as Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Board of Investments Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo, BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon and Philippine Embassy in Beijing Agriculture Counselor Ana Gracia Abejuela. Aboitiz Equity Ventures, BDO Unibank Inc., Megaworld International and the Science Park of the Philippines presented ongoing projects and partnership possibilities while BYD Auto Industry shared its experience of doing business in the Philippines.  Some of the above speeches/presentations mentioned were rendered via online platforms.

WHP Prime Master Holding Inc of the Philippines and China Fujian Zhengyuan Juncao International Cooperation signed a Letter of Intent for Cooperation on the Utilization of Juncao Technology. (Xiamen PCG photo)

Representatives of four Chinese companies held round table discussions with some members of the Philippine delegation while another ten companies engaged in one-on-one meetings with either Secretary Lopez or Undersecretary Rodolfo.

In the new normal environment, Agriculture Secretary William Dar encourages, via video feed, prospective business partners in agriculture during the Agriculture Forum at the 2020 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) held in Xiamen, China, 08-11 September 2020. (Xiamen PCG photo)

Partner Philippines Forums were held to encourage Chinese investors and business people to do business in the Philippines.  One of the forums was on Industrial Parks with the Philippines Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and 86 Links via Webinar.  The second Partner Philippines Forum was on Agriculture, the 2nd Philippines-China Seminar on Agricultural Investment Cooperation.

DTI Secretary delivers a video speech during the International Investment Forum (IIF), the keynote forum of the 2020 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) held in Xiamen, China on 08-11 September 2020 with the Philippines as Guest Country of Honor (GCH). (Xiamen PCG photo)

DTI’s Secretary Lopez had the opportunity to address several Chinese government officials, business people, scholars, students, and media people during the International Investment Forum (IIF), the keynote forum of CIFIT. Secretary Lopez stressed the strong economic fundamentals of the Philippines and the sincere efforts of the government to further strengthen trade and business relationship with China as good reasons to invest in the Philippines.

The new international marketing campaign strategy of the Philippines called “Make It Happen in the Philippines” was launched during the International Fair.

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana, head of Philippine delegation, addresses some 200 Chinese business people during the Philippine Investment Forum at the 2020 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen, China, 08-11 September 2020, with the Philippines as Guest Country of Honor (GCH). (Xiamen PCG photo)

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana led the Philippine delegation. Others in the delegation were Philippine Consul General in Xiamen Acting Head of Post Vice-Consul Elaine Mae V. Laruan-Hernandez, Philippine Embassy in Beijing Consul Dean Winston Almeda, Philippine Embassy in Beijing Special Trade Representative (STR) Glenn Peñaranda, Philippine Consulate General in Guangzhou STR of Mr. John Paul Iñigo, Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai Trade Representative Mario Tani, Philippine Embassy in Beijing Agriculture Counsellor Ana Maria Gracia Abejuela and other officials from the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen.  STR Iñigo is the designated lead person of the Philippine participation.

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana receives from Xiamen’s Vice Mayor Lin Jian the Certification for the Philippines as Guest Country of Honor (GCH) of the 2020 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) and the proposal to be GCH for 2021. (Xiamen PCG photo)

As GCH, the Philippines occupied a 400-sqm pavilion in the center of the Xiamen International Convention and Exhibition Center at its offline edition.

CIFIT Online will also feature a Philippine booth as GCH.

Philippine Ambassador to China Sta. Romana with Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen personnel headed by Acting Head of Post Vice Consul Elaine Mae V. Hernandez. (Xiamen PCG photo)

As agreed by the Philippines and the CIFIT organizers, the Philippines will also be GCH for 2021.


For more information, visit https://www.xiamenpcg.dfa.gov.ph.

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