Marcos meets with business tycoons on WEF sidelines, investment pitch gets 'positive response' – Palace

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s investment pitch for the Philippines garnered a "very positive response" from some of the world's top business leaders he met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Malacañang said Tuesday.

In a statement, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said Marcos joined several chief executive officers (CEOs) and investment experts for a dinner in Davos.

Among those present, according to the PCO, were Luhut Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs, Republic of Indonesia; Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon; Zhang Yiming, Tiktok Founder; Jared Kushner, Founder of Affinity Partners; Patrick Foulis, Editor-in-Chief of Economist; Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever; Bill Ford, CEO of General Atlantic; Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment, Republic of Indonesia; Dr. Bambang Susantono, Chairman of ID New Capital City Authority; Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Thailand; Arsjad Rasjid, Chairman of KADIN; Tony Blair, Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change; Dolf van den Brink, CEO of Heineken; and Rachel Lord, Head of Asia of BlackRock, one of the largest investment firms in the world.

Other Philippine delegates invited include Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista and House Speaker Martin Romualdez.

Aside from wooing investors, Marcos is expected to highlight the country's economic gains and discuss the proposed sovereign wealth fund during the forum, which will run until Jan. 20.