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E-commerce enables domestic industries and enterprises to integrate into global value chains and to directly access the global market.

As the host of the APEC meetings for 2015, the Philippines was able to push for the endorsement of the APEC Action Agenda to Globalize Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs). This Action Agenda recognizes the important role of ICT and e-commerce to enable MSMEs to access the global market directly, in addition to being part of global value chains. The DTI has been advocating the strong support for MSMEs to place them at the front and center of the global trade agenda, not just in APEC but in other regional and multilateral fora as well, and also in trade negotiations.

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