Top local audit and tax advisory services firm KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. (KPMG RGM&Co.), a member of KPMG International, recently hosted a cocktail celebration for its Japanese clients and the Japan business community here in the Philippines. The special guests were Sec. Ramon M. Lopez of the Department of Trade and Industry and Tsutomu Takahashi, chairman of KPMG Japan.
Leading the local team was KPMG RGM&Co. chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Roberto G. Manabat, who welcomed both Sec. Lopez and Takahashi, noting that the event aimed to highlight – and further bolster – the close economic ties between the Philippines and Japan.
KPMG RGM&Co. vice chairman, chief operating officer, and head of the Japan desk Emmanuel P. Bonoan then introduced Sec. Lopez, who extolled the strong trade relations between Japan and the Philippines.
“Japan is our largest trade partner,” Sec. Lopez emphasized. “The Philippines has a trade surplus with Japan, which is also the largest Official Development Assistance donor to our country.”
For his part, Takahashi, who was generously introduced by KPMG RGM&Co. chairman and CEO-designate Sharon G. Dayoan, expressed his utmost appreciation for the warm welcome and the attendance of those present.
“The mission of KPMG is towards the growth and prosperity of Japanese companies, and to support cooperation and improve communication between KPMG Japan and other member firms,” he remarked.
KPMG RGM&Co., which marks its 10th year of providing professional audit, tax, and advisory services in the country, has lined-up a slate of activities and events leading up to its grand celebration in the second quarter of 2017.