Event Details

Launched in May 2022, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) is an economic initiative led by the United States together with 13 other countries, including the Philippines. Altogether, the 14 countries "represent 40% of global GDP and 28% of global goods and services trade." The Framework aims to "offer tangible benefits that fuel economic activity and investment, promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and benefit workers and consumers across the region." It consists of four key pillars, namely: trade, supply chains, clean economy, and fair economy.

The IPEF partner countries have released Ministerial Statements on the four pillars. The Statement on supply chains outlined the commitments of the IPEF partners to realize their "collective goal of resilient supply chains that can anticipate, withstand, or rapidly recover from shocks" such as increasing resiliency and investment in critical sectors and goods, establishing an information-sharing and crisis response mechanism, and strengthening supply chain logistics, among others.

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting and exposing the fragility of global supply chains and geopolitical tensions further worsening the problem, it is now more vital than ever to have a plan of action that will strengthen global supply chain resilience and help stabilize the global economic outlook.

As part of its Indo-Pacific Economic Framework series, The Trade & Investment and Manufacturing Committees of AmCham, in partnership with Microsoft Philippines, will be holding an onsite event at the Aboitiz Tech Space with its Venue Partner, the Asian Institute of Management. The Chamber has invited Ms. Corazon Curay, Executive Director of the Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP), to talk about the current situation of global and local supply chains and the possible opportunities presented by IPEF to strengthen supply chain resilience in the country. The program will also feature Dr. Danilo Lachica, President of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI), to discuss the status of semiconductor and electronics supply chains and how IPEF could contribute to ensuring stable production and export of Philippine semiconductor and electronics products. The session will also hear from Mr. Saj Kumar, Regional Business Leader for Manufacturing and Supply Chain at Microsoft Asia who will react to the presentations given by our speakers.


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  • Corazon Curay (Executive Director of Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP))

    Corazon Curay

    Executive Director of Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP)

    Corazon Curay is the executive director of the Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines, the country's premiere supply chain organization. She previously served as its president for a combined nine years, leading efforts to promote and enable the global competitiveness of the Philippine supply chain sector. She is also founder and chief executive officer of logistics solutions provider XVC Logistics, and chairman of supply chain solutions company InsightSCS. Her storied supply chain career include stints with Coca-Cola and San Miguel. A registered chemical engineer, she graduated from the Mapua Institute of Technology, was an MBA graduate from the De La Salle University, and a graduate of the PRISM program of Ateneo de Manila University and Deakin University.

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  • Dr. Danilo C. Lachica (President at Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI))

    Dr. Danilo C. Lachica

    President at Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI)

    Dan Lachica is the President of Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI), the association representing the electronics industry which accounted for US$ 45.92 Billion, or 61.5% of total Philippine commodity exports in 2021, and employs over 3M direct and indirect workers.

    Dan has over 40 years of senior management experience in semiconductors, electronics and consumer goods manufacturing, 16 of which were in front-end semiconductor wafer manufacturing in Silicon Valley. Prior to his early retirement from the Lopez Group of companies, he was a SVP with First Philippine Holdings Corp. and concurrent President of the group’s electronics/solar manufacturing companies. He returned to the Philippines in 1996 as the expatriate Managing Director of Iomega Corporation of Utah. He also held leadership positions at Hewlett Packard in California, Motorola in Arizona, American Microsystems Inc. in Idaho, and Procter & Gamble in the Philippines, among others.

    Dan is an expert in world-class initiatives such as Six Sigma (Black Belt & U.S. IQPC Judge), Balanced Score Card, and Total Productive Maintenance. A licensed Electrical Engineer, he had received several awards including the Dr. Joseph Juran National Medal from the Philippine Society for Quality, and Outstanding Electrical Engineer from the University of the Philippines (U.P.). He has BSEE from U.P. Diliman, an MBA from San Jose State University in California, and a DBA (With Distinction) from De La Salle University. Dan is a Philippine Science High School (PSHS) alumnus and currently sits in the Board of the Philippine Science High School System (PSHSS). He is a member of the Advisory Councils of DOST’s SEI, ITDI, and AmCen. For DTI, Dan sits in the Export Development Council ExCom and Co-Chairs the EMB NCTPPS and the Electronics TWG.

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  • Saj Kumar (Regional Business Leader, Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Microsoft Asia)

    Saj Kumar

    Regional Business Leader, Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Microsoft Asia

    As Regional Business Leader for the Manufacturing & Agriculture, Saj Kumar is responsible for defining and developing Microsoft’s business strategy for Manufacturing Industries in Asia, as well as driving the development and adoption of industry specific solutions for Microsoft’s customers in this segment. This includes companies in High-Tech, Industrial Machinery, Aerospace & Chemicals.

    Saj Kumar brings a wealth of experience to Microsoft from his previous roles at SAP, Oracle and i2 Technologies, where he held various customer-facing and solutions management roles. He started the IoT platform and applications business in SAP Asia Pacific & Japan and was instrumental in driving awareness and critical customer engagements around IoT.

    Saj Kumar is an industry veteran, starting his career over 34 years ago, working with simulation systems. He has years of direct experience designing and implementing supply chain solutions in the manufacturing industry and has a keen interest in applying constraint-based planning techniques to solve complex manufacturing problems. Saj has worked with multiple High-Tech, Consumer Goods and Industrial Machinery companies in Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Procurement projects. He is passionate about software applications and their role in solving real-world engineering problems.

    He has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from India. He completed an Executive Program on Artificial Intelligence from MIT-Sloan.

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