DTI Assistant Secretary for Industry Development Ceferino S. Rodolfo will be the keynote speaker for the 22nd APEC Automotive Dialogue (AD) to be held at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center, Makati City, Philippines from 22 to 24 April 2015.

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

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, the 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 APEC projects. Presentation updates on projects include “Electric Vehicle Project” by the People’s Republic of China, “SME Integration into Global Value Chains Project” by South Korea, “GVC-SME Integration for the Automotive Sector (GSAS) Project” by Malaysia and the Philippines.

Mr. Ramon Vicente T. Kabigting of the Philippines will discuss into “The Role and Contribution of Parts and Components SMEs in the Development of the Automotive Industry”. Mr. Dennis Chan, Famous Secret Precision Machining will present “Integration Experiences of Auto Parts SMEs from Developing APEC Economies”. Dr. Hangkoo Lee, Senior Research Fellow from Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade will present the “Integration Experiences of Auto Parts SMEs from Developed APEC Economies”. Other regional auto manufacturers will provide their recommendations on how to speed up the integration process.

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 Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Viet Name and the United States. The last meeting of the APEC AD was held in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China on 16-19 September 2014. The theme of the 2014 Automotive Dialogue is “Green Ambition, Win-Win Cooperation”, which is aimed at making a greater contribution to promoting green vehicle products, technology trade and investment convenience and sustaining the auto industry. (END)