• MARKET DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: Enhancing connectivity in Asean

      Conclusion   By Alma Argayoso / TSO, PTIC Jakarta   While the initiative has stalled for some time, the interest in linking Davao and General Santos to Bitung in North Sulawesi has remained high, given the economic importance of this project to the two countries.   At its heart, the Davao/General Santos-Bitung route will connect two major islands—Mindanao and Sulawesi—and allow local businessmen to engage in international trade and access new markets. The study of USAID Philippines on “Advancing Competitiveness in the Philippines”, or the Compete Project, said Indonesian entrepreneurs can tap the Mindanao market, which has a population of 21.5 million. Likewise, Filipino businessmen can access Sulawesi’s market of 17.5 million individuals.   The sea connectivity will also enhance economic and...

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    • Oishi set to penetrate EU, ME markets at Ifex PHL

      Homegrown Liwayway Marketing Corp. (LMC) is in Asia and beyond through its leading snack and beverage brand Oishi.   The Filipino company is now targeting the Middle East (ME) and European countries, revealed LMC Export Officer Joshua Laurens Kho as it joined this year’s Ifex Philippines held at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and the Philippine Trade Training Center from May 19 to 21.   “We will be offering some of our new product lines, like the Oishi Fishda Fish Kropeck, a very iconic Asian snack, launched a year ago.  We also have the Bread Pan Whole Wheat, since most people nowadays are into healthier snacking,” he said.   “We also have Ube Pillows. Based on recent studies, the ube flavor is becoming a hit across the globe.   Our Smart C Dalandan Juice has a dalandan flavor that is...

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    • Uplifting PHL economy, the halal way

      By Raison D. Arobinto   DTI-EMB’s Halal Section   As potentials of the halal industry rise at the global market, the Philippines is making sure of sailing with it and taking its advantage to uplift the Philippine economy by developing and promoting the halal business, and contributing to the government’s programs in alleviating poverty by providing economic opportunities to marginalized sectors through the dividends of the halal industry in the country.   With the passage of Republic Act (RA) 10817, otherwise known as “Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016”, the Philippines is at an advantage of taking the opportunity in the $2.6 trillion worth halal industries worldwide (estimated to rise by $10 trillion in 2030). In addition, and as the Asean Economic Community (AEC) kicks...

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    • PHL highlights Asean food brands in intl exposition

      By Kathleen Bondoc / Office of the Undersecretary for Trade and Investments Promotion Group Department of Trade and Industry   The Philippines, through its Department of Trade and Industry’s Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-Citem), highlighted top Asean food brands during the International Food Exhibition Philippines (Ifex) at the World Trade Center and Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City from May 19 to 21.   Dubbed as Taste Asean, the 11th edition of Ifex Philippines highlighted the leading food products and ingredients from 10 Asean countries with their dynamic and visually enticing food presentations of native and iconic delicacies. The exhibit also featured the contribution of Southeast Asia to the vibrant global food market.   With Asean’s focus on...

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    • EMB presents programs, services to Philexport-CAR

      By Patricia Blacer   The Department of Trade and Industry’s Export Market-ing Bureau (DTI-EMB), in   partnership with DTI-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), pre-sented its programs and services to the participants of the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc.-CAR (Philexport-CAR) Strategic Planning Workshop on May 4 and 5 at H100 Ecolodge, Church of Resur-rection, Baguio City.   Over 30 participants, com-posed of exporters, Philexport and DTI-CAR officers, as well as representatives from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region attended the two-day activity, which aimed to revisit the organization’s vision, mission and objectives.   DTI-Benguet Provincial Director Freda Gawisan welcomed the stakeholders and called on their participation in working toward increasing CAR’s...

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