Marcos touts gains from Davos trip

The President said his eighth foreign trip is “unique for the medium- to long-term goodwill and interest that his team has generated for the country, enterprises, and people.” (Photo by Yummie Dingding)

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. returned to Manila on Saturday afternoon, 21 January,  following a week-long working visit to Switzerland, which he said yielded “beneficial trade and investment opportunities and key partnerships.”

“I am pleased with the progress we have made during our crucial participation in the World Economic Forum, a truly global multi-stakeholder platform,” Marcos said in his arrival speech at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

The chief executive said his eighth foreign trip is “unique for the medium- to long-term goodwill and interest that his team has generated for the country, enterprises, and people.”

Leaders and experts in government, business, civic organizations, and the academe at WEF, he said, “received the good news that the Philippines is leading economic recovery and performance not only in the Asia-Pacific but in the whole world.”

“That the Philippines is not only driving economic growth; we are also helping mend the fissures that have fragmented the world of late and doing our part to avert an economic crisis,” he said.

“We shared our insight and experience in being resilient hardworking people – uniting in adversity and looking out for each other in crisis. And for this, I thank you.”

While in Switzerland, the President took part in a chief executive officers dialogue under the auspices of the WEF where he highlighted the Philippines’ work across trade and investment, monetary and fiscal policies, food and energy security, climate action, structural reforms, digitalization, public-private partnerships, health and nutrition, education, and other social services.

The President also met with WEF Founder and Chairman Emeritus Klaus Schwab, discussing partnerships and collaboration to help the Philippines sustain equitable and inclusive growth and provide a better quality of life for Filipinos.

Key executives of companies such as DP World, Glencore, and Morgan Stanley also met with the President and committing new investments in the Philippines.

Before departing for Manila, Marcos met with the Filipino community in Switzerland and was serenaded by Aivan Mendoza, the grand finalist of The Voice France.


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