Seven PH tycoons in Davos to support Marcos during WEF — Palace

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) — Seven of the country’s richest businessmen are part of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s official delegation for the 2023 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

Malacañang on Tuesday said Sabin Aboitiz of Aboitiz & Company, Kevin Andrew Tan of Alliance Global, Jaime Zobel de Ayala of the Ayala Group, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corp., Teresita Sy-Coson of SM Investments, and Enrique Razon of International Container Terminal have joined the delegation.

Marcos and his delegation arrived in Switzerland Sunday afternoon (Sunday evening in Manila).

The WEF is hosting a Country Strategy Dialogue for the Philippines where the representatives are given the opportunity to promote the country as a leader and driver of growth and a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, Marcos said.

“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, the managers and professionals,” the chief executive added.

In an interview with the media en route to Switzerland, Marcos said he is looking forward to "expanding and expounding" the “strides achieved by his administration” during the question-and-answer event at the WEF.

The president is also looking forward to the "pull-aside" or "pull-away" meetings on the sidelines of the WEF.

Marcos was invited by Prof. Klaus Schwab, founder and chair emeritus of the WEF, at the sidelines of both the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Phnom Pen and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Bangkok in November last year.

Also part of the Philippine delegation are House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, former president and current Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sen. Mark Villar, Ilocos Norte First District Rep. Ferdinand Alexander Marcos III, TINGOG party list Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Special Assistant to the President Antonio Lagdameo Jr., and Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista.