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Media Accreditation Opens for World Economic Forum on East Asia in Metro Manila

Fon Mathuros, Senior Director, Media, World Economic Forum, Tel.: +41 (0)79 201 0211; E-mail:

  • 23rd World Economic Forum on East Asia will be held in Manila, Philippines, 21-23 May 2014
  • Theme of the meeting: Leveraging Growth for Equitable Progress
  • Media accreditation opens today. To apply, please register online at

Geneva, Switzerland, 13 March 2014 - Media accreditation opens today for the 23rd World Economic Forum on East Asia. With the support of the Government of the Philippines, the meeting will be held in Manila from 21-23 May 2014. Under the theme, Leveraging Growth for Equitable Progress, this year’s meeting will explore the following areas: Achieving Equitable Progress; Advancing Models for Sustainable Growth; Realizing Regional Connectivity.

Media accreditation for the meeting is now open. If you would like to cover this event, please register online at by Tuesday 6 May. As the number of accreditations issued is strictly limited, we will not be able to accommodate late registrations. No accreditation will be granted on site.

“Now seen as ‘Asia’s Bright Spot’, the Philippines stands firmly at the epicentre of the region’s most exciting economies. At the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Manila, we Filipinos hope to share the progress we have made in building an economy and a society that are dynamic and sustainable,” Benigno Simeon Aquino, President of the Philippines, said.

“The Philippines is on target to be the fastest growing economy in ASEAN this year, and it also shows one of the strongest improvements in the Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Report. The programme of our 23rd East Asia meeting will examine how the region can balance fast-paced economic growth with equitable distribution of prosperity as well as climate change resilience," Sushant Palakurthi Rao, Senior Director, Head of Asia-Pacific, World Economic Forum, said.

The meeting will provide an ideal platform for participants to explore the opportunities presented by the evolving ASEAN Economic Community as well as the challenges and gains of the Philippines’ fast economic growth.

The Co-Chairs of the World Economic Forum on East Asia are:

  • Yolanda Kakabadse Navarro, President, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland
  • Takeshi Niinami, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director, Lawson, Japan
  • Atsutoshi Nishida, Chairman of the Board, Toshiba Corporation, Japan
  • James T. Riady, Chief Executive Officer, Lippo Group, Indonesia
  • Tidjane Thiam, Group Chief Executive, Prudential, United Kingdom

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