Philip Morris International has taken a series of initiatives to ensure the safety and well-being of its people and broader communities; this has been clearly the top priority in such challenging times.
Vassilis Gkatzelis, Managing Director of Philip Morris Egypt & Levant, participated in a panel discussion entitled “Creating an innovative future: The key to success post-crisis”, which took place via video conference and was organized by the London-based weekly newspaper ‘The Economist’.
During the panel, participants discussed how public and private sector companies have addressed the unprecedented challenges imposed by the pandemic, in addition to Egypt’s economic status and updates amid COVID-19.
The panel was attended by board directors and representatives of local and international firms operating in the Egyptian market and broader Region.
“Philip Morris Misr is a key strategic investor and a committed partner to the sustainable progress of Egypt. It has established its Management Hub in Cairo, overseeing operations for Egypt & Levant markets.”
At the same time, business continuity was secured across the value chain, including local manufacturing and distribution, via strong collaboration with partners and digitalization of the route to market.
Besides addressing the challenges of the crisis, this is the time for every organization to reflect on its purpose and ways of creating a sustainable value for its stakeholders.
In the case of PMI, the biggest positive impact we can have on society is through reducing the health impact of our products.
Smoking causes serious diseases and the best way to avoid the harms of smoking is to never start or quit altogether.
Today, science-based innovative products that do not involve combustion, offer a better alternative for more than 1 billion adult smokers around the world who would otherwise decide to continue smoking. To be clear: these products are not risk-free, hence the best choice would be to cease using tobacco and nicotine altogether.
Earlier this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the marketing of the IQOS, PMI`s electrically heated tobacco device, as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) with reduced exposure information.
“Philip Morris believes in the vitality of Egypt as its management hub and works together with the authorities and partners to introduce smoke–free products in the Egyptian market,” added Gkatzelis.
The Economist annually hosts more than 80 interactive events in 30 countries to discuss strategic issues facing business leaders in diverse sectors. This includes the “Create an innovative future: the key to success post-crisis” that was sponsored by Philip Morris International.