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UKABC Export Southeast Asia Digital Series – Dynamic Philippines: Innovating Its Way Out of the Pandemic


“Filipinnovation will remain central to sustaining our competitiveness and national development through this pandemic and beyond” Ramon Lopez, Philippines Trade Secretary


In the Global Innovation Index 2020 Report by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the Philippines achieved its highest rank and joined the top 50 best-performing countries in innovation. It was cited as an example of how the global innovation landscape is shifting, with dynamic countries such as the Philippines consistently on the rise.

The Philippines is a resilient country and against the many challenges placed on the economy, the country has responded with an explosion of innovation. The Philippines is developing new capabilities to meet the demands of a global pandemic and is innovating its way back to economic recovery.  One example is the development of the ‘Pintig Lab, in partnership with the UNDP, designed to take the Nation’s pulse and socio-economic health. The pandemic has accelerated efforts already being implemented underpinned by the Philippine Innovation Act 2019.

Join us in a webinar to learn how the Philippine government and the business sector have stepped up in the fight against COVID-19 through investment in technology, new product innovations and expansion of manufacturing capabilities and why it is a dynamic destination to do business with. Our panel of speakers are at the forefront of the Philippines’ technology and innovation drive, have an in-depth understanding of the skills of the workforce and lead companies that demonstrate successful collaborations with UK and other global companies.

This Digital Conversation is brought to you by the UK-ASEAN Business Council, the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry and the Board of Investments.

Areas of Discussion

  • What has the COVID-19 impact been on the Philippine economy?
  • How has the business community responded?
  • What new manufacturing capabilities and digital innovative solutions have been put in place to prepare for the new normal?


10.00 Access to webinar opens

10.00 Welcome remarks by UKABC

  In conversation with:

  • Rafaelita Aldaba, Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Innovation – Philippine Department of Trade and Industry
  • Ferdinand Ferrer, Chairman and CEO – EMS Group of Companies
  • Arthur Tan, President and CEO, Integrated Microelectronics  and Group President & CEO – AC Industrials
  • Olly Riches, Managing Director Philippines and South East Asia – Michael Page

    Chaired by Dr Matthew Cavanagh, Director Group Government Relations – Prudential and UKABC Board Director

11.00 Discussion ends

Speakers Bios 

Rafaelita Aldaba
Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Innovation, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry
Member of the Board of Governors, Philippine Board of Investments
Ferdinand Ferrer
Chairman & CEO, EMS Group of Companies
Engage in providing Contract Manufacturing,
Semiconductor, Engineering and Electronic Assembly Services
Arthur Tan
President and CEO, Integrated Microelectronics
Group President & CEO – AC Industrials
Olly Riches
Board Director, APAC
President Director, Michael Page Indonesia
Managing Director, Michael Page Philippines
Managing Director, Page Executive South East Asia
Board Member of the British Chamber of Commerce Indonesia
Chaired by Dr Matt Cavanagh
Director of Group Government Relations, Prudential



Further Reading

The Pintig Lab: Harnessing the Power of Data for COVID-19 Response. UNDP

The response to COVID-19 started a Tsunami of innovation that could change the future of development. UNDP

Global index shows PH gains in innovation. The Manila Times

DOST Chief’s target: PHL in top 1/3 of global innovation ranking by 2022. Business Mirror

Philippine Innovation Act 2019. Government of the Philippines

Business and Investment Opportunities. Philippines Board of Investment (BOI)

Schemes for Manufacturers. Philippines Board of Investment (BOI)

Supply Chain – Movement of Goods. Philippines Board of Investment (BOI)

Covid-19 Resources. Philippines Board of Investment (BOI)

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