National Conference on “SMEs as a Major Force in Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business”
The Hills Program presented a conference on “SMEs as a Major Force in Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business” on July 26, 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Makati. The conference, the first of its kind in the Philippines, was part of Hills Program “Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Business” project.
The conference brought together approximately 370 owners and managers of SMEs, government officials, academics, and media representatives. The conference provided a forum for the exchange of ideas on developing an enabling environment for SMEs to operate their businesses with integrity and accountability.
Topics covered include Corruption as an Impediment to Development; Taking on the Challenge of Operating a Business without Corruption; Addressing Corruption Vulnerabilities in Procurement; Finding Common Ground with the BIR; Streamlining Processes for Business Permits and Licenses; Reforming the Bureau of Customs; and Doing Business with Integrity.
The event was sponsored by the Center for International Private Enterprise, with co-sponsorship from Planters Development Bank. It was was also supported by PLDT SME Nation, Department of Trade and Industry and Junior Chamber International Manila.
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- Washington SyCip, Welcome Remarks
- Secretary Gregory L. Domingo, Keynote Speech (as delivered by Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya)
- Commissioner Kim S. Henares, "Finding Common Ground with BIR (as delivered by Deputy Commissioner Nelson Aspe)"
- Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, "Streamlining Processes for Business Permits and Licenses"
- Deputy Commissioner Peter Manzano, "Towards a World Class Customs Administration: Implementing Anti-Corruption Strategies"
- Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting, "Doing Business with Integrity"
- Cielito F. Habito, "SMEs - Key to Inclusive Growth in the Philippines"