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The events of the 25th anniversary of the EoC took place in the Philippines. All related contents on this page.

There were two main events during the week of celebration for the 25th anniversary of the EoC in the Philippines: the EoC International Youth Forum on 23-24 May 2016 at the University of Sto Tomas in Manila and the Pan-Asian EoC Congress 2016 "Economy of Communion, An Economy for All" which was held in Tagaytay City from 25 to 29 May. We collected all news contents on this page.

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Philippines: Economy of Communion, an Economy for All

During the 25th International Congress of the Economy of Communion being held from May 25 to 29, a worldwide linkup will celebrate the event.

published in Focolare.org on 28/05/2016

160523 24 Manila Youth Forum 16 It was precisely in 29 May 1991 that Chiara Lubich, during her visit to São Paolo, Brazil, launched the Economy of Communion project (EoC). Noting the social inequalities in the country, she gave birth to this initiative that soon involved business men and women, workers, students, academics and researchers, the rich and the poor.

According to Luigino Bruni, the current international coordinator of the project, the poor are still the focus of the EoC: “It’s impossible to forget the many times that Chiara Lubich, when we worked together for this, emphasised: “Remember that I created the Economy of Communion for the poor.

Still today we have the ethical and spiritual duty to put the issue of poverty and those 160523 24 Manila Youth Forum 17who are marginalised at the centre of the economic, political and social system.” 

The poor were the first to witness the newly-born Focolare Movement in Trent, when, during the war, Chiara and her first companions – themselves of humble means – invited the poor to join them at meal times and they shared everything they had with them.

Even today that same spiritual and material communion characterises all those involved in the EoC: its main asset is a community of people united by a vision of a global 160525 29 Tagaytay Panasian Congress 20economy which strives to reduce poverty and inequalities in society. The entrepreneur who adheres to sharing profits is the main protagonist for the interaction between communities and businesses.

The 25 years of life of the EoC culminate in an international event being held in the Philippines, at Tagaytay City, entitled “Economy of Communion, an Economy for All”. From 25-29 May 25, 250 participants have gathered to reflect on the progress made so far and to discuss future global action plans which include:

  • establishing an international network of “business incubators” and to create spaces and resources within the industrial parks born through the Economy of Communion and to make these available in order to support first and foremost young business men and women.
  • setting up an Observatory on Poverty, to ensure that the tackling of poverty is always central and consistent with the spirit of the EoC, and to help identify the various sites.
  • multiplying the Lab-Schools which are technical, professional and business training workshops aimed in particular towards young people.

Asia’s choice for this international event is not random. “Here there are the same 160525 29 Tagaytay Panasian Congress 20segments of society which made an impact on Chiara while she was in Brazil in 1991. But there is also wealth, entrepreneurship, youth. There is a clear link between wealth creation and poverty. “The Economy of Communion, as long as it continues to exist, holds both together” observed Luigino Bruni. “In fifteen years’ time, the share of Asia’s GDP will double that of the United States and Western Europe. The future of the world therefore depends on the type of economy that will grow in Asia. To celebrate here the 25th anniversary of the Economy of Communion means to recognize that its future presence in the Asian continent is crucial.” In conjunction with the conference in the Philippines, there are other conferences being held contemporaneously in various other parts of the world.

On Saturday, May 28, at 9.00pm, Manila time, there will be webinar which will be streamed live and which will connect up various countries: Bolivia (Inter-American School of Business), Italy (Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park in Loppiano), Mexico (Conference of Entrepreneurs in Puebla), Slovakia (a gathering of entrepreneurs from Slovakia and Czech Republic). There will also be the participation of EoC groups from the Ivory Coast, Brazil, Guatemala, Madagascar, Panama, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Uganda.  As Luigino Bruni commented, “In a world that perhaps lacks reasons for celebration, the Economy of Communion is the miracle of the bread which is multiplied for the poor, but also like the miracle of the wine at the wedding feast of Cana which is poured out for the rich and poor alike, the miracle of the celebration of universal brotherhood.”

 


Watch the streaming event of the celebration on Saturday, 28th May on 03.00 pm UTC +2 (CEST) -  9.00pm (UTC+08:00)/0

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