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Corporate clients of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) listen attentively to the presentation of Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Lilia de Lima in the Philippine Seminar organized at the SMBC Headquarters last March 12.

Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Lilia de Lima visited Tokyo, Japan on 11-13 March 2014 to keynote a Philippine Investment Seminar organized by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) at the SMBC Headquarters.

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More than a hundred representatives from SMBC’s client base/network attended the Philippine Investment Seminar.

Other speakers included Philippine Ambassador to Japan, HE Manuel M. Lopez; SMBC Deputy President, Mr. Hiroshi Minoura; Chief Representative of SMBC’s Manila Representative Office, Mr. Yukio Asahina; General Manager and Country Manager of Tokyo Branch, Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company, Mr. Kenichi Katakura; and Team Leader of the Overseas Industrial Park Department, Sumitomo Corporation, Mr. Jun Iijima.

SMBC now serves as a strong partner to DTI in its investment promotion work program in Japan. As early as 2013, it conveyed an offer to the Philippine Embassy through PTIC, that it will host and organize a series of investment seminars led by key Philippine government officials and arrange business meetings with important clients, subsidiaries and affiliates in Japan for visiting high level government contingents.

SMBC, together with the PTIC Offices in Tokyo and Osaka also arranged meetings between Director General de Lima, and prospective investors introduced by SMBC from its client base. These included one of the world’s leading automotive lighting manufacturers; one of the largest and most influential paper manufacturers in the world; and one of Japan’s largest manufacturers of plastic injection molding machines. These companies which all have expressed interest to establish manufacturing operations in the Philippines, will be fielding various feasibility missions to the Philippines between the 2nd and 3rd quarters of this year.