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Makati City
Monday, February 27, 2017
THE 31st meeting of the High-Level Task Force on Asean Economic Integration (HLTF-EI) convened on February 16 to discuss and recommend mechanisms that will support and strengthen the implementation of the AEC Blueprint 2025 toward greater regional cohesion and integration. The 31st HLTF-EI meeting gathers Asean high-ranking trade officials in...

The Belgians are coming!

By Jose Antonio Buencamino / Commercial Counselor, Philippine Trade and Investment Center-(PTIC)-Brussels & Jeoffrey Houvenaeghel / Trade Assistant, PTIC-Brussels IT is precisely this marked dependence on trade with European Union neighbors—all destined for relatively slow growth in the foreseeable future—that perhaps drives a small trading nation like Belgium (with a population of 11.4...
WHILE abandoned and returned shipment incidents in the country remain low at present, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) still reiterated the importance of raising awareness on the export and import laws and regulations it implements. The case of abandonment happens when an importer renounces his interest and property rights over...
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and personal- and household-care manufacturer Procter and Gamble (P&G) Philippines have partnered for a microentrepreneurship development program called “P&G Angat Kita”. In a statement on Monday, the DTI said P&G Angat Kita program aims to reach 20,000 to 30,000 microentrepreneurs nationwide to help...
By Gliceria N. Cademia / Trade and Industry Development Specialist / DTI’s Export Marketing Bureau THE Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently held an information session for the franchising sector at the DTI International Building in Makati City to prepare them for an Outbound Business...
OFFICIALS of the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) met recently with representatives of the Bank of China (BOC), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and International Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ICCP), in preparation for the Philippines-China SME Cross Border Trade and Investment Conference...
CITY OF MALOLOS—The Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) issued a memorandum circular to clarify the proper use of the Philippine Standard (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks on products under mandatory certification. The BPS disseminated Memorandum Circular 16-04, or the Clarificatory Policy on the...

The Belgians are coming!

By Jose Antonio Buencamino / Commercial Counselor, Philippine Trade and Investment Center-(PTIC)-Brussels & Jeoffrey Houvenaeghel / Trade Assistant, PTIC-Brussels IF plans push through, a Belgian business mission will be coming to town in the first quarter of 2017.  It will not be a huge delegation accompanied by high officials and ministers and led...
FOODPHILIPPINES is eyeing to make $100 million in sales in the fast-growing halal food industry through its participation in the 22nd Gulfood, the world’s largest food fair, from February 26 to March 2. Gulfood will be held at the Sheikh Rashid Hall (Booth Nos. R-140 and R-M4/N3) in the Dubai...
By Magnolia Uy / Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the WTO, Philippine Trade and Investment Center-Geneva ACCESSING relevant information on product requirements in export markets can be a huge challenge, especially for micro-, small- and  medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Thus, a new Web-based alert system designed to help government agencies and MSMEs to...
By Senen T. Briones / Senior Trade-Industry Development Specialist / DTI-EMB, Emerging Products Division IN an effort to capture export data of halal, kosher, fair trade and organic-food sectors, the Department of Trade and Industry’s  Export Marketing Bureau  has formally proposed the revision of the Export Declaration (ED) form to introduce and...
TRADE Secretary Ramon M. Lopez has called for digital empowerment in the Philippines to continue fueling the development of the country’s digital commerce (e-commerce), a key priority on the current trade agenda. “I urge our micro, small, and medium enterprises to welcome digital integration,” said Lopez, adding now is...
By Kathleen Joyce Bondoc THE Philippines, through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), on Tuesday unveiled business programs that champion the promotion of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), youth and women entrepreneurship at the Asean 2017 Business and Investment Program (ABIP) launch at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in...
By Alma Argayoso / Foreign Trade Service Corps / Department of Trade and Industry WITH the Asean theme for 2017 “Partnership for Change, Engaging the World,” PTIC-Jakarta’s engagements in 2016 will continue to pave the way for strengthening the Philippines’s presence in Asean and taking advantage of the Asean Economic Community. Promoting education ACCORDING...
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as chairman of the Asean Economic Ministers (AEM) and as chairman for the Committee on Business and Investment Promotion (CBIP) unveiled the business programs for the year that will complement the Philippines’ priorities under the Asean Economic Community (AEC) Pillar. The Asean MSMEs-Mentors...
By Rae de Mesa THE Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (Citem) sustains its creative collaboration with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) and the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to strengthen the Philippines’s participation in Ambiente, scheduled for February 10 to...
By Jose Antonio Buencamino | Commercial Counselor, Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC)-Brussels and Jeoffrey Houvenaeghel, Trade Assistant, PTIC-Brussels THE Philippines-EU free-trade agreement (PHL-EU FTA) is an essential component of the Philippines’s trade and investment strategy for Europe. After two formal scoping meetings held in November 2014 and September 2015, and numerous...
FOLLOWING President Duterte’s directive to replace the usurious “5-6” money-lending system prevalent in the country and provide an affordable microfinancing for the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the government’s Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) Program pilots this month in Mindoro, Sarangani and Leyte, among the top...
By Vichael Angelo Roaring / Trade Service Officer / Philippine Trade and Investment Center-Mexico / Foreign Trade Service Corps Conclusion THAT’S not to say Filipinos haven’t been making a splash in the region. Global liquor company Emperador Inc., owned by Filipino tycoon Dr. Andrew Tan, purchased through its Spanish subisidiary major Mexican brands, such...
AN international market intelligence agency has listed five key packaging developments for next year that can help Philippine enterprises leverage their brands and products in the global market. In a newly released study entitled “Global Packaging Trends 2017,” UK-based Mintel enumerates five emerging and mainstreaming packaging trends that will affect...