Richard Graham MP, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the ASEAN Economic Community, will return to the Philippines from 26 to 29 September 2017 to further boost trade and investment between the UK and the Philippines.
On his third official visit to the Philippines, Richard Graham will visit Bataan, Pampanga, and Manila. He will discuss potential infrastructure development with Bataan Governor Albert Garcia and visit Mariveles Port, a dry bulk cargo port run by SNSPI and the UK-based Nectar Group that was partly funded by UK Export Finance.
He will also visit Clark Green City in Pampanga to meet with the Department of Transportation (DOTR), deliver a keynote speech for the local Chambers of Commerce, and engage the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) on their future plans for Clark.
Richard will also call on Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of the Department of National Defence (DND) and Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena of the Department of Science & Technology (DOST). He will host an event promoting the entry of British beef into the Philippines and meet with Filipino tech entrepreneurs in Makati.
Louis Taylor, Chief Executive of UK Export Finance, is visiting the Philippines immediately prior to Richard’s arrival, on 21 September 2017. UK Export Finance is the official export credit agency of the UK government, offering financing and support to overseas buyers of UK exports. Louis met with representatives from the Department of Finance (DOF), the Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
UK Export Finance has just doubled its maximum cover limit for the Philippines from £2.1 billion to £4.2 billion while offering its lowest country rate for Philippine projects. With the Philippine government about to kick off an ambitious round of infrastructure development, greater access to UK export credit will further boost the process of Philippine development.
Richard is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gloucester. He began his business career with the Swire Group, as General Manager for Cathay Pacific in the Philippines. He has also worked in the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and was previously posted in Kenya and China.
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