The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Board of Investments (BOI) will meet with stakeholders in Region 4 to present the country’s new industrial policy in a conference on “Industry Roadmaps and the AEC Game Plan: Roadmap Localization for Competitiveness” to be held on 6 August 2015 at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City. The conference aims to facilitate the alignment of regional plans and national strategies for industrial growth and development in view of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015 and the European Union’s Generalized System of Preferences Plus (EU GSP+).

“By engaging our regional stakeholders, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), local government and the academe, we hope to craft regional roadmaps that reflect a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that could arise from the AEC and the EU GSP+,” said DTI Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba.

Both the AEC and the EU-GSP+ offer significantly reduced to zero tariff rates for products from the Philippines. Trading openly across ASEAN borders has been in effect since 2010, following the signing of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), while the preferential treatment for more than 6,000 Philippine products under the EU-GSP+ came into effect in December 2014.

The roadmaps of the automotive, electronics, petrochemicals, and IT-BPM, which are of special interest to Region 4, will be presented in the conference. The discussions will focus on how to position and upgrade these industries in view of the potentials and challenges arising from the AEC and EU GSP+ and the need for an industry development roadmap in the region. There will also be discussions on measures to green the industry roadmaps, not only through the production of green products but also through the adoption of green processes to make industries more competitive.

The Keynote Message will be delivered by DTI Undersecretary for Industry Development and BOI Managing Head Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr., while DTI Undersecretary for Regional Operations Zenaida Cuison-Maglaya will provide the Way Forward and Closing Remarks.

The conference speakers include Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba, DTI Assistant Secretary for Industry Development; Mr. Luis G. Banua, NEDA IV-A OIC-Regional Director; Dr. Cielito R. Habito, USAID Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project Chief of Party; Mr. Raymond Lacdao, Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) Executive Director for Industry Affairs; Atty. Rommel Gutierrez, Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) President; Mr. Dan Lachica, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI) President; Mr. Homer Maranan, Association of Petrochemical Manufacturers of the Philippines (APMP) Executive Director; Mr. Senen Perlada, DTI Export Marketing Bureau Director; and Dr. Bernd Gutterer, a consultant from the German International Cooperation-Promotion of Green Economic Development (GIZ-ProGED) Project.

Members of chambers of commerce, industry associations, business support organizations, representatives of local government units and agencies, the academe, and other stakeholders are expected to attend.

DTI and the BOI have conducted similar conferences in the cities of Iloilo (Region VI), Cebu (Region VII), Davao (Region XI), and Baguio (CAR).

For details on how to participate in the conference in Region IV, contact:

DTI IV - A Contact Person : Ms. Marina V. Manalo/ Ms. Mary Ann R. Mada Telephone : (049) 834-2715/ (049) 545 6169 Email : r04a@dti.gov.ph