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In celebration of its 47th year anniversary, the Board of Investments (BOI), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), recently conducted a forum for its registered enterprises to advance “Inclusive Business" models that would support the country's inclusive growth strategies. The forum was the tenth activity under the Trade and Industry Development Updates (TID Updates) which was attended by BOI-registered firms from various sectors and top officers from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Finance Corporation (IFC), PHINMA Property Holdings, Kennemer Foods International and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). TID Updates is a platform where programs and projects such as the role of IB in nation-building and economic development are discussed. The BOI and the ADB last year started a series of seminars to inform various offices of the DTI on the background, concepts, and indicative measures of IB. As part of next level engagement, IB workshops would be conducted in 2014 that will focus on manufacturing, mass housing, tourism, and health sectors to equip the BOI in IB project facilitation and accreditation. Photo shows (left to right) DTI Undersecretary and BOI Managing Head Adrian S. Cristobal Jr, DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado, ADB Director for Philippines Country Office Mr. Richard Bolt and BOI Assistant Secretary Felicitas Agoncillo-Reyes. “Through this endeavor, we plan to mainstream IB into the government industrial policy and influence other government agencies in advocating for similar policies,” Cristobal explained. (DTI-PRU)