PCCI to hold cooperation talks with Kansai business delegation


THE Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business organization, will meet with a 25-man business mission from the Kansai Economic Federation (Kankeiren) of Japan on Monday, September 15, to discuss potential cooperation on technologies for low-carbon industries and building disaster-resilient cities.

PCCI president Alfredo Yao said the Japanese delegation is led by Masayuki Matsushita, vice chairman of Kankeiren and chairman of its international committee, and vice chairman of the board of Panasonic Corp.

Kankeiren, a non-profit economic organization based in the Kansai region in Japan, represents 1,400 businesses and organizations that accounted for about 19 percent of Japan’s $862 billion gross national product in 2007. Kansai includes the prefectures of Fukui, Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama, Tokushima and Tottori.

Yao said that about 23 percent of the foreign direct investments of Kansai-based firms went to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries, mostly in manufacturing and commerce.

The mission members will include either the chairmen or senior level executives of Kyoei Steel Ltd., Itochu Corp., Sojitz Corp., Sumitomo Corp., Daikin Industries, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Kyoei Steel Ltd., Obayashi Corp., Panasonic Corp., Mitsui & Co., Mitsubishi Corp., Marubeni Corp., Hitachi Zosen Corp., Daiwa Institute of Research, Takenaka Corp., Urban Infrastructure Technology Center Foundation, and the Kankeiren itself.

Miguel Varela, PCCI chairman, will formally welcome the business mission. Kankeiren vice chairman Matsushita will deliver an address.

Jesus G. Reyes, chairman of the PCCI committee on environment, will present the PCCI programs on environment and disaster management and a presentation on energy will also be made.


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