PTIC Paris organized business activities for the official business mission of a delegation of the officers of the Philippine Franchise Association

franchising In Photo: Ms. Yvette Pardo-Orbeta explaning the benefits of franchising to overseas Filipinos in Paris.

The Philippine Trade & Investment Center in Paris recently organized business activities for the official business mission of a delegation of the officers of the Philippine Franchise Association from March 23 to 26 2014 in Paris, France. PTIC Paris conducted business matching sessions for the delegation led by Mr. Franklin Go, PFA President and Vice President of Goldilocks Philippines. The delegation was able to meet French counterparts who were interested in opportunities in the franchise sector.

Aside from business matching and assistance with their booth at the International Franchise Expo in Paris Nord, Villepinte, PTIC Paris, together with the Philippine Embassy in Paris also organized an Franchise Investment Opportunities Seminar for Overseas Filipinos on 23 March at the chancery. PTIC Paris Commercial Attaché Vichael Angelo Roaring opened the session with welcome remarks while the keynote address was made by Mr. Franklin Go, PFA President and Vice President of Goldilocks. Ms. Yvette Pardo Orbeta, Chairman of PFA and Chairman of Wendy’s Philippines provided the one-hour lecture on Franchising opportunities.

Philippine Natural Rubber Mission, 23-29 March 2014

The Philippine Department of Trade & Industry and the Philippine Trade & Investment Center, New Delhi, in cooperation with the Rubber Board of India is organizing a benchmarking mission on the natural rubber industry of India from 23-29 March 2014 in Kerala and Mumbai. The mission will be visiting the Rubber Research Institute of India, Rubber Producers' Societies, Rubber Smallholdings, Rubberwood Processing and Rubber Plantations in Kerala and All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA) and Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association (IRMRA) in Mumbai.

Philippine Natural Rubber Benchmarking Mission, 23-29 March 2014

The Philippine Trade & Investment Center, New Delhi (PTIC ND), in partnership with the Rubber Board and All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA), facilitated the visit of the members of the Philippine Natural Rubber Benchmarking Mission in India on 23-29 March 2014.

The 29-member delegation was headed by Mr. Sakiran Hajan, Regional Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao. Members included representatives from the private and government sector, local government unit and the academe. Coming from the private sectors were rubber producers, processors and manufacturers. The government sector was represented by DTI, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Office of the Provincial Agriculture of Basilan. The Honorable Municipal Mayors Jaime H. Mahimpit and Rene V. Rubino of Roxas and Arakan, North Cotabato represented the local government unit and professors from the University of the Philippines, College of Engineering and University of Southern Mindanao represented the academe.

In Kerala, activities included presentations by the Rubber Board officers, a tour of Rubber Research Institute of India's facilities, and visits to rubber nurseries, plantations, Rubber Producers Societies and smallholdings and Rubberwood processing plant. In Mumbai, a meeting with the Secretary General of AIRIA and a short presentation about the association and visits to the facilities of Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association (IRMRA) and a rubber machinery factory were initiated.

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DTI-BOI industry development program goes full steam

Efforts to boost the manufacturing sector will go full steam this year, with a number of key activities lined up under the Industry Development Plan (IDP) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Board of Investments (BOI).

DTI Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal said that for 2014, DTI will pursue six main activities under the IDP: (1) continued implementation and monitoring of the completed roadmaps; (2) completion of remaining industry roadmaps; (3) information dissemination on the industry roadmaps’ contents; (4) revival of the Industry Development Council; (5) preparation of feasibility studies and capacity-building sessions for key stakeholders; and (6) advocacy programs to undertake policy and industry-level reforms.

“The revival of the manufacturing sector is key to inclusive economic growth because it will generate much-needed employment and help the country tap regional production networks. This will require industrial transformation under a comprehensive national industry strategy,” he said.

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Philippine Gamers in San Francisco to Promote Philippine Game Development Industry

San Francisco, California (April 3, 2014) - A delegation from the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) attended the Game Developers Conference 2014 (GDC 14) and Game Connection America, two of the largest game industry events worldwide, in San Francisco from March 16-21, 2014. This year’s event sets a record attendance of 24,000 industry professionals. Representing GDAP at GDC are Christine Rom of PODD, JD Abenaza of Zeenoh Games, Andrea Levinge of White Widget and Ranulf Goss, MINT College. While in San Francisco, the group held a series of meetings with SV companies and organizations to discuss ways to promote the Philippine game industry in the US.

GDC1 GDAP members at GDC 2014 gdc2 GDAP members with Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon Ascalon and Rosalie Say, PTIC-SV

In a meeting with the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center-SV (PTIC-SV), the team discussed prevailing business models among game studios in the Philippines, current needs in terms of support, as well as strategies in promoting Filipino games and startups at the GDC in 2015. DCG Ascalon affirmed PCG and PTIC’s full commitment towards supporting GDAP’s efforts and discussed areas of possible support from the San Francisco Posts. The meetings closed with an agreement to prepare an outline of initiatives meant to promote GDAP’s events in the US, expand the Philippines’ attendance at the GDC in 2015, open opportunities for funding and investment for Filipino game startups, and many more.

gdc3 Post-GDC Wrap Up meeting with PCG and PTIC-SV gdc4 GDAP members with STAC=SV President, Christina Laskowski

To provide a more in-depth understanding of the Silicon Valley tech scene, PTIC arranged discussions between GDAP and SV-based Fil-Am entrepreneurs JR Calanoc, One Virtual Source CEO and Christina Laskowski, Science and Technology Advisory Council –Silicon Valley (STAC-SV) President. Both Calanoc and Laskowski shared insights on Silicon Valley entrepreneurial landscape, angel/VC investment activities and trends in Silicon Valley, strategies when pitching, and useful networks that can help startups move forward with finding investment for their games and startup ideas.

The delegation capped their visit with a tour of Google’s and Facebook’s headquarters in Mountain View and Menlo Park California, where they had their first-hand look at two of the world’s leading venues for innovation.

“This was a uniquely inspiring trip and a very helpful one,” says Christine Rom, GDAP Board Member and this year’s delegation lead.

“We intend to promote the Philippines not just as outsourcing destination, but also as a country of innovators. Right now there is little incentive for developing new concepts and ideas. It’s a pity given high levels of creativity that exist among developers in the country. We need to encourage more startups and push the creation of more original content and innovative games. Conditions must exist to pave the way for this. The support of PTIC and the Philippine Consulate provided us with a needed boost. Now we go home with a better vision of what must be done,” Rom explains further.

About GDAP. GDAP was established in 2007 as an industry association promoting the interests of the Philippine game development industry. Its members, mostly local and multinational companies with presence in the Philippines, create games and publish interactive content for various platforms. For more information visit, www.gdap.org.ph

About PTIC. The Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Silicon Valley is the Commercial Section of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and the representative office of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in the US Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. For more information visit,

www.investphilippines.org/siliconvalley

About Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco. The Consulate is guided by the Philippines’ national development goals and objectives. The Consulate General in San Francisco covers Northern California, Northern Nevada, Washington State, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Alaska. For more information,

www.philippinessanfrancisco.org