And like the other PNBC luncheons in the past, the attendees were treated to a nice, sumptuous gastronomic delight. Before and after the speeches, the members had a chance to mingle, exchange business cards and set some prospect meetings. It would not be a surprise if a couple of meetings meant to be kicked off at the tee-off area and continue in the fairway have been arranged between and among some parties as well.
A great day to be in Manila today, the 11th of September 2014, for PNBC members. For one, the weather is bright and sunny. But more importantly, the first networking luncheon after all the Norwegians are back from their summer holidays was held today at the Carpaccio Ristorante Italiano in Yakal St. Makati City. With 60 people in attendance, the place was packed with representatives from various members of the council, all eager to meet the incoming new Ambassador of Norway to the Philippines, H.E. Erik Forner. The eloquent Ambassador delivered an introductory speech, mentioning the key areas of cooperation between Norway and the Philippines such as shipping and renewable energy, and likewise highlighting Norway’s role in the peace process in Mindanao.
The luncheon event also featured Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aguirre Aquino IV, the youngest member of the Philippine Senate but unarguably the one with the longest formal name. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Trade and Industry, he presented his view on how inclusive growth may be achieved through certain policy initiatives towards ease of doing business in the Philippines, and also with the help of the business sector. Using the experience of Jollibee Corporation and the onion farmers in Nueva Ecija, he proffered that by bringing enterprising communities directly into the supply chain thereby eliminating the middlemen, a trickle-down effect can be achieved.