NAIA 2, Pasay City
27 January 2013

President Benigno S. Aquino III brought home the good news of a successful participation at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2, Pasay City at around 2:40 in the afternoon.

“Sa Davos po, inantabayanan ng mga pinuno at negosyante ng Europa, at ng ibang bansa, ang pagkakataong makapulong tayo at harapang matugunan ang kanilang mga katanungan. Nakarating na po sa kanila ang magagandang balita ukol sa Pilipinas; nakikita na nila ang mga naisakatuparan nating reporma, ang paglago ng ating ekonomiya, pati na rin ang makatuwiran nating paninindigan sa ugnayang panlabas,” he said.

The President happily reported that in his meeting with World Economic Forum Founder Klaus Schwab, it was determined that the 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF) in East Asia will take place in the Philippines.  He stressed that the former “Sick Man of Asia” will now be hosting one of the most important economic conferences in the region.

President Aquino also cited that he was visited by International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde. They discussed the implementation of the reformed Philippine government structure that paves to economic stability and fair market system in the country.

The Chief Executive talked about the anti-corruption conference with Mongolia, Peru and India leaders where they shared positive outcomes of transformed government. He also mentioned that multinational business leaders recognize the growing Philippine economy and conveyed their interest in business investment and expansion in a roundtable discussion. Together with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, the President also reported the current state of ASEAN to Southeast Asia country officials.

President Aquino gladly said that before flying back to Manila, he was warmly welcomed by the Filipino community in Zurich, Switzerland and its neighbouring nation, Lichtenstein. He shared that Filipinos in the said countries handed him a cheque worth 8,650 Swiss francs for typhoon Pablo victims.

The President was received by his Cabinet secretaries, AFP and PNP officials and members of the Philippine media.

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