As the Philippines continues to champion sustainability, two new sectors highlighted during the country’s participation in CIFIT 2021 are Hyperscalers and Renewable Energy. The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) through its Territory Head in China and Asia Pacific Region, Mr. Darren Wu, presented hyperscaler activities and projects that may be of interest to foreign investors. Wu stressed that the Philippines offers a strong market for hyperscaler companies and has the potential to transform into a hub to neighboring countries, such as China, given its thriving digital and economic profile. He adds that the Philippines is home to a robust infrastructure that can enhance and sustain high-value business operations, being among the first country to adopt a 5G network; with presence of 16 international sub-sea cable systems, 13 cable landing stations and 600,000-km domestic fiber optic cable roll-out.
Aboitiz Power’s First Vice President in the Renewable Energy Project Development and Execution, Lee Balangue, presented opportunities in the Philippine renewable energy sector. He explained that the Philippines has competitive advantages in clean and renewable energy sources like geothermal, hydro, wind, biomass and solar energy. The transition to renewable energy has saved our country PHP4.04 billion, according to the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation, but there is still plenty of possibilities to embrace renewable energy, reduce reliance on imported fuel and diversify our power mix.
The Philippine participation in CIFIT 2021 also highlighted the country’s strengths and reliability in manufacturing, agribusiness, infrastructure and real estate development, among others. Thus, a testimonial from Mr. Deng Jun, the Country Head of the Bank of China (BOC) in the Philippines, one of the biggest Chinese companies doing business in the Philippines, was presented to show the advantages of expanding business in the country.
During the closing remarks, Glenn G. Peñaranda, Commercial Counsellor of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Beijing announced that four Letters of Intent were signed during CIFIT 2021, indicating the strong interest of Chinese investors in seizing opportunities in the Philippines.
The Philippine participation to CIFIT 2021 featured five Gold Exhibitors sponsors Aboitiz InfraCapital; BDO Unibank, Inc.; SM Investment Corporation; San Miguel Corporation, and Science Park of the Philippines, Inc. The five Silver Exhibitors were PLDT; Federation of Filipino – Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. in partnership with Philippine Xiamen Amity Association; Damosa Land; Clark Development Corporation, and Renyi Holdings Group.
The Philippines is working with its strategic partner, Bank of China, in bringing awareness about the investment and trade projects in the Philippines to the Chinese market. Bank of China has a full commercial banking license in the Philippines and has been in operations in the country since 2002. The Manila Branch’s mission is to be the bridge between Chinese and Philippine trade and investments through corporate banking, personal banking, and financial markets services while facilitating Chinese investments in key sectors of the fast-growing Philippine economy.
Learn more about the Philippine participation to CIFIT 2021 by visiting their microsite. You may also get in touch with the Philippine Trade and Investment Centers in China or the Board of Investments in the Philippines to learn more about CIFIT 2021.
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