Hallmark of Design Excellence and Innovation


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Hallmark of design excellence and innovation. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory L. Domingo (fifth from right) poses with the winners of the recent Katha awards during the MANILA Fame on October 15, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. In photo during the awarding ceremonies are (from left) Matthew Brill of P&B Valises et Compagnie, Vanessa Gaston and Evelyn Selma of Vito Selma, Jinggoy Buensuceso and Wataru Sakuma of Masaeco, Jude Tiotuico of Industria Homes, Janina Firmalo­Herrera of Marmol Stone Work, and Georgina Teng of Alchemista, Inc. Katha Awards is known as a hallmark of design excellence and innovation. It continues to inspire and challenge exporters and designers to create fresh and original designs relevant to the global market. Joining them are Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PhilExport) President Sergio Ortiz­Luis Jr. (third from right) and Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) Executive Director Rosario Virginia C. Gaetos (second from right). (DTI-PRU)

Philippines and France revive high level economic dialogue


Paris, France – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory Domingo and French Minister of State for Foreign Trade Mathias Fekl met in Paris, France on 20 October to reconvene the Philippines-France Joint Economic Committee (JEC) after a 12 year hiatus. The high level meeting follows through a political commitment between President Benigno S. Aquino III and President Francois Hollande when the two Heads of State met on September 2014 and February 2015. The PH-France JEC was established in 1994 and was last convened in 2003.

Domingo welcomed the reactivation of the Philippines-France JEC saying that this is an integral part of the Philippines’ overall strategy for Europe. The Philippines has been aggressively pursuing trade partnerships with the European Union (EU) and was given beneficiary country status under the EU Generalized System of Preferences Plus (EU-GSP+). EU-GSP+ grants the Philippines, as beneficiary country, tariff free exports for more than 6,000 products.

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80th Anniversary of P&G Philippines


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Developing MSMEs. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary for Industry Promotion Group Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. (center) poses with Procter and Gamble Philippines General Manager Shankar Viswanathan (left), and Procter and Gamble International Operations SA Regional Operating Headquarters Director Dan Molloy (right) during the 80th anniversary of P&G Philippines and inauguration of the new P&G Philippines Head Office on October 9, 2015 at the Net Park, 5th Avenue, Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. In his congratulatory message, Manalo commended P&G’s active involvement in developing and supporting local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Manalo believes that this project will significantly contribute to DTI’s mission of strengthening and developing MSMEs in the country. Manalo also highlighted the contribution of P&G in human capital development citing some of the P&G alumni who have become movers and shakers in government and the private sector. (DTI-PRU)

Philippine Commercial Counsellor for Singapore and Malaysia speaks at Davao Trade Expo 2015


Glenn Peñaranda, Philippine Trade & Investment Centre (PTIC) for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Commercial Counsellor, spoke at the recent focus group discussion on Food Exports at the Davao Trade Expo (DATE) organized by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII). The FGD involved the major livestock producers and organizations of the country.

Mr. Peñaranda presented opportunities for agri-food exports from Mindanao for the ASEAN market with highlights on the trends and requirements in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. These countries are open to food products and ingredients that the Philippines could supply. The challenges in tapping the opportunities include having sufficient supply and compliance with specific requirements such as halal. He also shared the ongoing road mapping project on agribusiness and agro-industrial activities coordinated by the Philippine Board of Investments, which should also cover the Mindanao livestock and meat industries.

Mr. Peñaranda provided information on Singaporean import guidelines for seafood, meat and meat products. He also talked about the opportunity in supplying animals for Korban for the Muslim communities in Singapore and Malaysia. He encouraged the private sector to work with the government in developing and promoting various export products for these markets.

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International exhibitors at Manila FAME


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International exhibitors at Manila FAME. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory L. Domingo (second from left) together with Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) Director Senen M. Perlada (left) and Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) Executive Director Rosario Virginia C. Gaetos (right) pose with Sri Lanka Export Development Board Deputy Director Anoma Karalliyadde (second from right) in a walk-through during Manila FAME on October 15, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Karalliyadde facilitated the participation of eleven Sri Lankan companies in the International Hall of the Manila FAME. The International Hall is a business venue that aims to bring together international exhibitors from Asia Pacific and ASEAN countries. It provides a fresh sourcing venue for foreign buyers who regularly come to Manila FAME to look for quality and innovative products. Other participating countries in the International Hall are India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. (DTI-PRU)