The Philippines was the venue of this year’s Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) Spring Summit, which brought together over 200 industry leaders from across the region. Hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham), this year’s summit focused on “Asia’s resurgence and America’s role,” attracting experts from around Asia to discuss how US businesses can respond to the challenges and opportunities in the region. With the Philippines in an economic sweet spot with its domestic driven growth, it now offers opportunities for market access during an exciting period of shifting dynamics in the region. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) economic integration draws closer and many factors will affect the business community. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima gave the keynote speech, emphasizing the potential Asean has for the business community and how the Philippines also offers investment prospects. Citi Philippines chief executive Batara Sianturi spoke on Asean trade opportunities along with Guillermo Luz, private sector co-chairman of the National Competitiveness Council, in a panel discussion moderated by AmCham Philippines president Rhicke Jennings.