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Signaling fresh economic opportunities for the Philippines and the United States, the White House on Thursday (EST) officially announced a powerhouse set of delegates of the U.S. Presidential Trade and Investment Mission (PTIM) scheduled to visit the country on March 11-12.

Led by Secretary Gina Raimondo of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the rest of U.S. President Joe Biden’s delegation to the Philippines are:

• Steven Brown, President, GreenFire Energy, Inc.
• Sapna Chadha, Vice President, Southeast Asia and South Asia Frontier, Google Asia Pacific
• Narsingh Chaudhary, President, Asia Pacific and India, Black & Veatch Corp.
• Chris Clark, Chairman, Asia Pacific, Visa Inc.
• Mark Ein, Chairman, President’s Export Council
• Charlie Ergen, Co-Founder/Chairman of the Board, EchoStar/DISH
• Kimberly Getgen, Founder and CEO, InnovationForce
• Brett Hart, President, United Airlines
• Laura Lane, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer, United Parcel Service (UPS)
• Rich Lesser, Global Chair, Boston Consulting Group
• David Luboff, Partner, Head of Asia Pacific Infrastructure and Co-Head of KKR Asia Pacific, KKR
• Thomas L. Marquis, Co-Founder, Vice President and Director of Marketing, Marquis
• Scott McHugo, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Sol-Go
• Sara Murphy, President, Capital One Philippines
• Ted Osius, President and CEO, U.S.-ASEAN Business Council
• Anne-Marie Padgett, Regional President, East Asia and Pacific, Bechtel
• Allan Pineda (aka, Founder, Foundation International
• Kawal Preet, President of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa Region, FedEx
• Shamina Singh, Founder and President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, and Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Mastercard
• Mary Snapp, Vice President, Global Strategic Initiatives, Office of the President, Microsoft Corp.
• Eric Starr, Co-Founder and CEO, UltraPass ID
• Francesco Venneri, Founder and CEO, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp.

GreenFire Energy Inc.’s advanced geothermal systems can jumpstart the Marcos administration in its National Renewable Energy Program, and help address the ongoing power shortages in areas like Mindoro and Panay Island.

On the other hand, tech giants Google and Microsoft can help in the country’s digital transformation. Visa and Mastercard, for their part, can help facilitate the expansion of e-commerce in the Philippines.

This PTIM is part of President Biden’s commitment to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the latter’s working visit to the U.S. in May 2023.

President Marcos’s foreign travels are focused on bringing into the country foreign direct investments that will generate jobs and hasten the Philippines’ economic growth and development.

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