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Aquino to French businessmen: Be part of our story

INVEST. President Benigno Aquino III encourages French businessmen to invest in the Philippines. Malacau00f1ang Photo Bureau

INVEST. President Benigno Aquino III encourages French businessmen to invest in the Philippines.

Malacau00f1ang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Benigno Aquino III praised the business accomplishments of the Philippines under his administration during a trip in Paris, and encouraged French businessmen to invest in the Philippines.

On Thursday, September 18, Aquino told businessmen at the Philippine Business Opportunities Forum about the “renaissance” of the Philippine economy in recent years.

“Since [2010], we have worked tirelessly to show that our country is truly worthy of your consideration. We rewrote the formula for success in the Philippines, from one where patronage and a willingness to bend the rules were necessary, to one that rewarded hard work, innovation, ingenuity, and abiding by the rules,” Aquino said.

“I am here today to invite all of you to be part of our story – take a closer look at our country, study our prospects, and ultimately, take part in the Philippine renaissance that continues to win the admiration of the world. France and the Philippines are no strangers to each other; we only have to open a new, more vibrant chapter in commercial relations to expand on the people-to-people contacts we currently enjoy.”

The President cited the major accomplishments of the Philippines, namely:

“It is clear: the country formerly known as 'the Sick Man of Asia' is on an upward swing. Already, publications are calling us 'Asia’s Bright Spot' or the 'Next Asian Tiger.' And we are poised to sustain our momentum,” Aquino said.

France is the 3rd stop of Aquino in his European tour. He is headed for Germany, his last stop in his 4-nation tour, before he heads to the United States.

Interest

After his speech, Aquino and his economic cluster ministers met with the Ayala-Bouygues-Alstom group, which is in charge of the LRT 1 South Extension project.

According to Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma, Christian Gazaignes, chief executive of  Bouygues Travaux Publics told the President that “the firming up of the project culminates more than two decades of his company’s efforts to package and participate in a Philippine transport infrastructure project.”

The Alstom groups also expressed interest in expanding its involvement beyond the LRT 1 south extension project and plans to establish a Manila-based affiliate.

Also in France was the Ayala-Egis group, accompanied by Fernando Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation and Erramon Aboitiz of    Aboitiz Ventures. Egis said it hopes to partiicpate in major water supply projects that will address the long-term water needs of Metro Manila and Luzon.  Rappler.com