PHILIPPINE INVESTMENT CONFERENCE 2016: Sustaining Development in a World of Policy Divergence

PIC2016 WIM Poster


TOP BUSINESS leaders, economists and government policy-makers in the country will gather anew at the upcoming Philippine Investment Conference on September 27 at the New World Makati Hotel in Manila.

Bearing the theme, “Sustaining Development in a World of Policy Divergence,” the gathering is seen as timely following last month’s pronouncement by the government that the Philippines’ economy grew at seven percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, its highest level in three years.  This is despite the numerous challenges facing most economies globally and the consequences of differing fiscal and monetary policies.

The conference is co-hosted by CFA Institute and CFA Society Philippines where expected presentation highlights will include insights from the country’s primary movers in the business and financial sectors, investors and economists, as they appraise the economic prospects under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Duterte administration is generally seen by the business community as being on the right track owing to its tough stance against criminality and corruption, its priority on infrastructure spending, and other policies expected to generate further economic advancement.

“The Philippine Investment Conference is a major part of our advocacy. We want to create awareness of industry issues, and impart knowledge to inform and benefit those in the country’s financial sector, which ultimately will benefit the Philippine society,” Cristina Arceo, CFA, president of CFA Society Philippines, and the Vice President and Head of the Fixed Income Desk at China Banking Corp. Treasury Group, said.

The CFA Society Philippines is an association of local investment professionals and is a part of a global network of more than 137,000 finance and investment professionals in more than 145 countries and territories.  It promotes the highest ethical standards and professional excellence within the local investment community.

“This is also an important avenue of discourse for our country especially in light of divergent policies in the global economy and in addressing the challenges and opportunities of the Philippine business and investment community,” Arceo added.

Amando Tetangco, Jr., governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, is slated to deliver the keynote speech and Mark Matthews, head of Research of Asia Julius Baer, will share his insights on the global economic outlook.

The topic on Asian Geo-Political Trends will be discussed by Manu Bhaskaran, the director of Centennial Group and chief executive of Centennial Asia Advisors Pte Ltd, while Budget secretary Benjamin Diokno will present the Duterte administration’s “New Budget Dynamics.”

Dr. Richard Hokenson, an economist and independent consultant of the Hokenson & Company, will give a talk on “Changing Global Demographics and Its Investment Implications.”

Notable panelists during the conference will include, among others, Ernest Cu, CEO of Globe Telecom, Joey Lim, president and CEO of Metro Pacific Investment Corporation Inc. Jeffrey Lim, EVP of SM Prime Holdings, Eduardo Francisco, president of BDO Capital and Investment Corp, Smith Chua, senior vice president and CIO of the BPI Asset Management and Trust Group, and Dr. Andrew Stotz, CFA,  chief executive officer of A.Stotz Investment Research.

Corporate partners in this conference are Metro Pacific Investments, Jollibee Foods Corp, D&L, and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corp.

For inquiries and further details regarding the Philippine Investment Conference 2016 one can contact the CFA Society Philippines Secretariat 0995-164-8568 or 6365411 loc. 122/125 or visit