• DTI holds session for franchisors in Vietnam

      DTI holds session for franchisors in Vietnam Business Mirror February 15, 2017 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 Matching Mission in Vietnam in June. The event was attended by members of the Association of Filipino Franchisors Inc., the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) and staff of the EMB-Services Division (SD). Vu Viet Nga, trade counselor of the Vietnam Trade Office, made a presentation on the franchising market in Vietnam to familiarize Filipino exporters and aspiring exporters. She said Philippine franchisors are encouraged to put up franchises in Vietnam, especially since this...

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    • PHL, China prepare for SME cross-border trade and investment conference

      PHL, China prepare for SME cross-border trade and investment conference Business Mirror February 15, 2017  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 on March 21. The organizers, in partnership with BDO Unibank Inc., Eastwest Banking Corp. and Land Bank of the Philippines, recognize the role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country’s economic and social development, and thus, would want to provide SMEs access to the global marketplace and participate in the global value...

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    • DTI issues circular on proper use of certification marks

      DTI issues circular on proper use of certification marks Business Mirror February 15, 2017 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 Use and Monitoring of the Product Certification Marks, prescribed by Department Administrative Order (DAOs) 04:2008 and 05:2008 and their implementing guidelines to address concerns of manufacturers, importers and traders on the use of the prescribed PS mark logo and on the location where to affix the ICC stickers. The circular specifies how a PS mark or...

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    • The Belgians are coming!

      The Belgians are coming! Business Mirror February 15, 2017 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 by Belgian royalty—like the last that came some 20 years ago, and the first that graced the inauguration of the first light-rail transit system more than 30 years ago. But it will, nonetheless, be one that will be hungry for opportunities in this more than 100-million-strong market, the Philippines. Without necessarily whetting anyone’s appetite for the business mission, we take a look at available data to see how Belgium has traded with the Philippines. Just to warn the reader, the numbers can be underwhelming, although they could also portend higher...

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    • Doing FTAs with the European Union

      Doing FTAs with the European Union Business Mirror February 8, 2017 Conclusion AS an agreement with “mixed” competencies, the Ceta will be provisionally applied while all the 28 member-states (through their respective national parliaments, or regional parliaments in the case of Belgium) will have to ratify the agreement according to their national constitutional requirements. Some foresee this process taking two years or longer. EU competences and mixed agreements THE Ceta experience highlighted the EU’s competences and the phe-nomena of mixed-trade agreements. The EU and its member-states established a legal division of policy competences between each other. This catalogue of competences is divided into three categories: Exclusive (EU acts alone); shared (member-states and EU act...

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