The business matching event arranged by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for 85 Philippine companies yielded more than 255 meetings with their Japanese counterparts, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said on Friday as he expressed hope that these can result in enhanced synergies and new opportunities.
“And in the morning of the first day, our Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Pascual reported that the business matching event that DTI arranged for 85 Philippine companies yielded more than 255 meetings with Japanese counterparts,” Marcos said in his remarks during the high-power luncheon and networking event by premier Japanese business organizations.
“In the afternoon, our delegates also visited a facility in Odaiba that was built by a company that began as a startup and today builds ultra-compact space crafts for comet explorations,” the President said.
On top of forging new connections in business, Filipino delegates are on a mission to listen, to observe, to learn and then act on opportunities and new knowledge, Marcos said, hoping that synergies established with Japanese partners will continue to grow.
At the same time, the chief executive expressed optimism that beyond profit and commerce, these partnerships will extend to lifelong friendships, which will promote and encourage the deepening and the strengthening of the ties between Japan and the Philippines.
Accompanying him in his Japan trip, Marcos said, is a diverse group of 114 businessmen whose activities span the whole gamut of Japan-centric business opportunities — manufacturing, construction, real estate, retail, food service, trading, telecommunications, aviation, recruitment, mining and agribusiness.
The Philippine leader said he was delighted to be among industry captains and top-ranking executives representing big businesses as well as associations whose members include small and medium enterprises, management and importers.
Japan’s unique business landscape is admirable, Marcos said, as networks of independent manufacturers, supply chain partners, distributors and financiers work efficiently and harmoniously to ensure the success of the whole business ecosystem.