Asia in My Pocket Series: Finance


We are in the "Asian Century." And it is a great time to be part of Asia, especially with the positive outlook and forecasts given for most nations in the region. As we enter the year with great numbers and with world leaders shifting their focus to Asia, most people would agree that now is the time to invest in Asia. This is what Asia Society Philippines and would like to espouse through their program Asia on My Pocket, launched in early March 2013.

Questions like:

  • What are markets like in other Asian countries?
  • What are the opportunities available for Filipinos in terms of investments?
  • Are Asian countries actually open to such investments?

... are some of the things to be addressed by the speakers during this 4-part program.

In cooperation with the Asian Institute of Management and BusinessWorld, Asia Society Philippines through this program will feature four major sectors that provide great opportunities for Filipinos in terms of investment and collaboration with other Asian countries. Sessions will be covering REAL ESTATE, TOURISM, FINANCE, and MANUFACTURING.

With a majority of people working in these sectors, the organizers believe that by providing people with the opportunity to learn more about these sectors in the context of other Asian countries, there is greater possibility of increased regional cooperation and understanding among the countries represented.

Speakers will be coming from both the private sector and from the diplomatic corps to impart their knowledge on these main sectors. Below is the schedule for the FINANCE session on March 14, 2013:


  • Australian Embassy - Mr. Nicholas McCaffrey (Counsellor for Political, Economic and Public Affairs)
  1. Available products and services for global investors
  2. Trends in Australia's Financial sector
  • ADB - Mr. Ramesh Subramaniam (Senior Director for the Office of Regional Economic Integration)
  1. Opportunities in different markets for Filipino investors in light of the upcoming ASEAN Integration
  2. Regional trends in debt and equity financing
  • IFC - Mr. Jesse Ang (Resident Representative for the Philippines, East Asia & Pacific)
  1. Doing business in the Philippines, based on IFC's annual study that ranks different jurisdictions around the world. Share pointers on how to cope with the regulatory challenges and differences in regulatory regims
  2. Provide a country situationer and our local competitive advantage as well as regional trends
  3. The role of multilateral funding, the opportunities/challenges in big-ticket infrastructure funding 
  • BPI - Mr. Ruben Espiritu (AVP - Head for Wholesale and Retail)
  1. The Asset Management Industry
  • Citisec Online - Ms. April Tan (Head of Research and President of CFA Philippines)
  1. Why general markets including which sectors and How to pick stocks
  • HSBC - Ms. Minuch Anson-Garchitorena
  1. Fixed income market overview in the Philippines and the region 
  2. Fixed income products available to Filipinos domestically and regionally
  3. Current fixed income trends and opportunities domestically and regionally

All sessions will be held at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.  


We would like to invite everyone to register to the 2013 ASIA IN MY POCKET Series, a program that provides learning for professionals to aid in their development as global leaders by by providing them with a good understanding of the business environment in Asia. 

To register and for more information, please call 550-2612 or e-mail

Program Rates per session: 
P150.00 for Asia Society Members and AIM Alumni
P350.00 for non-Asia Society Members
Free admission to AIM Students

Event Details

Thu 14 Mar 2013
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Asian Institute of Management
P150.00 for Asia Society members and AIM alumni; P350.00 for non-Asia Society members; free admission to AIM students
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