SACC May 2018

(From top, clockwise, L-R) Ambassador Lepatan shares, with SACC members and their invited guests, positive developments on the Philippine economy,

including the government’s infrastructure flagship program, Build, Build, Build during the first part of the event, and (lower left photo).

He also explains to SACC participants the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ financial inclusion advocacy, which includes the use of “e-money” or transactions

via mobile phone, for all Filipinos especially those without bank accounts. 



09 May 2018, Zurich – Ambassador Denis Yap Lepatan highlighted the positive developments in the Philippine economy, and the government’s centrepiece program on infrastructure Build, Build, Build during a two-part forum organized by the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce on 08 May 2018 in Zürich.


Recognizing the challenges presented by fast developments in science and technology, he shared the reforms and initiatives undertaken by the Government to strengthen education in the field of science and technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to enable the Philippines and its youth population to aptly prepare for it.


SACC2 May 2018

(L-R photo) Ambassador Lepatan exchanges views with Dr. Urs Lustenberger (left), SACC President; and Indonesian Ambassador Prof. Muliaman Hadad (middle)

and CEO/founder of bajak GmbH, Mr. Jesse Ng (right).



Financial inclusion in the overall economic development is important. Noting this, Ambassador Lepatan explained the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)’s program to use e-money and payments via mobile phone in the Philippines to provide Filipinos, especially those without bank accounts, effective access to a wide range of financial services.


Dr. Urs Lustenberger, President of SACC and the Philippine Honorary Consul in Zürich, facilitated the first part of the forum. Ambassadors from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand Viet Nam, and Mongolia also took part in the discussions. Members of SACC, including its Board, attended the two-part forum.            END