DCCP Doing Business in the Philippines Roadshow - Session 1

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The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines invites Dutch companies to attend a briefing on opportunities in the Philippines

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The Philippines has consistently recorded annual GDP growth of over 6 percent since 2012. And while the Covid19 pandemic and its resulting quarantine measures has brought contraction in Philippine GDP, increasing consumer spending and reacceleration of the government’s infrastructure projects move the Philippines towards a gradual economic rebound. These key drivers to economic recovery provide opportunities for Dutch companies to expand their businesses in the Philippines.

The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (DCCP), in association with NLinBusiness and with support of KLM, invites Dutch companies for a Virtual Roadshow between May 18 and June 3 2021 to provide more information about concrete business opportunities for Dutch companies in the Philippines.

The first session will focus on the general market opportunities and business information. DCCP will present a country profile including marketing information covering the following areas among others:

  • Market trends and economic drivers
  • Consumption
  • Legislative developments
  • Labour market overview
  • Economic zones and priority sectors
  • Status-update on Covid-19
  • Business do's and don'ts
  • Testimonials, insights and experiences of Dutch companies in the Philippines


10:00 – 10:05 Word of Welcome

Mr. Joost Mes, President, Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines

10:05 – 10:10 Opening of the Roadshow

Her Excellency Saskia de Lang, Netherlands Ambassador to the Philippines

10:10 – 10:35 Country Profile

Mitchel Smolders, Executive Director Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines

10:35 – 10:50 Covid-19 Recovery Trajectory


10:50 – 11:00 Open floor

11:00 – 11:30 Private Sector Testimonials and Experiences

Mr. Arthur Plugge, KLM Philippines

Ms. Monique Wisse, Development of Trade

Mr. Gerben Eekman, SwissSense Worldwide (TBC)

11:30 – 11:40 Open floor

11:40 – 12:05 How to set up a business in the Philippines

Ms. Monique Wisse, Development of Trade

12:05 – 12:10 Key take-aways

His Excellency J. Eduardo Malaya, Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands

12:10 – 12:15 Introduction to the Dutch Chamber of Commerce Activities

Mr. Mitchel Smolders, Executive Director, Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines

12:15 – 12:20 Overview of Embassy activities and priorities

Mr. Pieter Terpstra, Senior Economic Counsellor, Netherlands Embassy

12:20 – 12:25 NLinBusiness


12:25 – 12:30 Upcoming sessions and closure

The Dutch Chamber is also hosting dedicated information sessions on the following topics:

  1. Agriculture and Food - 25 May 2021
  2. Maritime and Logistics - 27 May 2021
  3. Circular Economy (including Energy, Water, Waste) - 1 June 2021
  4. IT & Tech - 3 June 2021
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