Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary for Industry Development Rafaelita M. Aldaba will be the keynote speaker for the 23nd APEC Automotive Dialogue (AD) to be held at the Marriot Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines from 27 to 29 August 2015.

This year’s Automotive Dialogue theme is “Integrating SMEs into the Automotive Global Value Chains (GVCs)”. The forum aims to encourage economies to move toward more integrated regional and global approaches to automotive policies.

A highlight of the 23rd AD is the presentation of the Boracay Action Agenda for Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by DTI Assistant Secretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo. Also a workshop on “Strengthening SME Integration to Automotive GVCs in the Asia Pacific: Understanding Non-Tariff Measures” will be conducted.

The APEC Automotive Dialogue is an avenue for APEC member economy officials and senior industry representatives to collaborate in the formulation of strategies to bring to a higher level the integration and development of the automotive sector within the region.

The bi-annual event will be attended by more than 100 participants from different member economies which include Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Viet Nam and the United States.

Officials and senior industry representatives of various APEC member economies will update forum participants on ongoing and new APEC projects. New projects for discussion include “ Business Model Research and Best Practice Sharing on the Promotion and Commercialization of New Energy Buses”, “Talent Communication Mechanism of Automotive Industry within the Asia Pacific Region”, and “APEC Automotive List”.

Mainstreaming SMEs into global and regional production networks is one of the four priorities of the Philippines as host of APEC Year 2015. This recognizes SME development and capacity building as one of the pillars of the APEC economies’ collective efforts towards building more inclusive societies.

The Automotive Dialogue first met in 1999 in Indonesia and has continued to meet every year since then. Current active members include Peru, Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Viet Nam and the United States. (END)