High-level US trade delegation in PH for 2-day investment mission

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High-level US trade delegation in PH for 2-day investment mission
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will lead the two-day Presidential trade and investment mission to the Philippines from March 11-12. Photo from the US Commerce Department.
  • A high-level US trade delegation will be in the Philippines for a two-day Presidential trade and investment mission starting March 11
  • The investment and trade mission will be led by US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo
  • 22 delegates are joining the mission, including United Airlines president Brett Hart
  • US President Joe Biden had committed to send such a mission to the Philippines following President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s visit to the US last year

A high-level US trade delegation led by US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will be in the Philippines for a two-day Presidential trade and investment mission starting March 11.

US President Joe Biden had committed to send such a mission to the Philippines following President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s visit to the US last year.

Raimondo and the US delegation are expected to meet with Marcos in Malacañang as well as with Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual.

“There will be a high-level delegation comprised of 22 business delegates, C-level representatives from strategic sectors,” said Department of Trade and Industry Foreign Trade Service Officer Jollan Margaret Llaneza in a news forum on March 9.

She said the mission’s goal is to enhance trade and investment relations and foster “commercially meaningful… partnerships” between the Philippine business sector and their US counterpart.

A March 7 press statement from the White House identified those joining the mission. They are:

  1. Steven Brown, President, GreenFire Energy, Inc.
  2. Sapna Chadha, Vice President, Southeast Asia and South Asia Frontier, Google Asia Pacific
  3. Narsingh Chaudhary, President, Asia Pacific and India, Black & Veatch Corp.
  4. Chris Clark, Chairman, Asia Pacific, Visa Inc.
  5. Mark Ein, Chairman, President’s Export Council
  6. Charlie Ergen, Co-Founder/Chairman of the Board, EchoStar/DISH
  7. Kimberly Getgen, Founder and CEO, InnovationForce
  8. Brett Hart, President, United Airlines
  9. Laura Lane, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer, United Parcel Service (UPS)
  10. Rich Lesser, Global Chair, Boston Consulting Group
  11. David Luboff, Partner, Head of Asia Pacific Infrastructure and Co-Head of KKR Asia Pacific, KKR
  12. Thomas L. Marquis, Co-Founder, Vice President and Director of Marketing, Marquis
  13. Scott McHugo, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Sol-Go
  14. Sara Murphy, President, Capital One Philippines
  15. Ted Osius, President and CEO, U.S.-ASEAN Business Council
  16. Anne-Marie Padgett, Regional President, East Asia and Pacific, Bechtel
  17. Allan Pineda (aka Apl.de.Ap), Founder, Apl.de.Ap Foundation International
  18. Kawal Preet, President of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa Region, FedEx
  19. Shamina Singh, Founder and President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, and Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Mastercard
  20. Mary Snapp, Vice President, Global Strategic Initiatives, Office of the President, Microsoft Corp.
  21. Eric Starr, Co-Founder and CEO, UltraPass ID
  22. Francesco Venneri, Founder and CEO, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp.

The US is a leading export market for Philippine goods, accounting for 15.8% of the total export value in 2022.

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