MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III will travel to Singapore to serve as keynote speaker at The Economist’s The World in 2015 Gala Dinner Tuesday.
In a statement Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs(DFA) said this is the first time that a Philippine president will keynote the Gala Dinner since its inception in 2009.
As the subject of the keynote interview for The World in 2015 Gala Dinner, President Aquino will have the opportunity to share his thoughts on the Philippines’ future trajectory with senior executives from business, government and academia who will be attending the prestigious event, the statement said.
The DFA further said that the event will also be a chance for the President to generate goodwill and support for sustaining his reform agenda and plans and programs for sustainable economic growth, his vision for the Southeast Asian region and the Mindanao peace process as a core element of the government’s program for inclusive growth.
President Aquino is likewise scheduled to meet Singapore’s government and business leaders in separate events.
He will return to the country on November 19.
The award-winning The World in 2015 Gala Dinner series is an annual event in which The Economist and invited luminaries share their predictions for the year ahead. It is hosted by The Economist Executive Editor Daniel Franklin.