Marcos to highlight PH economic gains, role as ‘driver of growth’ during WEF

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Sunday said he will highlight the country's economic gains and preparedness to be a driver of growth in the Asia-Pacific region during the World Economic Forum (WEF).

"The World Economic Forum is hosting a Country Strategy Dialogue for us where we are given the opportunity to promote the Philippines as leader and driver of growth and a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region—one that is open for business, ever ready to complement regional and global expansion plans of both foreign and Philippine-based enterprises anchored on the competent and well-educated Filipino workers," Marcos said before he flew to Switzerland to attend the WEF.

In his speech at the Villamor Air Base, Marcos also said he would highlight the country's efforts to develop infrastructure, which he said would bolster efforts "to reinforce robust and resilient change, ensure food security, including critical interlinkages with health and nutrition while furthering climate-friendly clean and green energy to power the Philippine economy."

He would also meet with other government leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs, civic society advocates, and experts to discuss matters concerning rising food prices, climate action, and the country's experience in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The president is also expected to meet with members of the Filipino community from all over Europe.

Last November, WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab invited Marcos to attend the forum, which will be held from Jan. 16 to 20 in Davos.