• DTI to hold AEC briefings in Visayas, Mindanao

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    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI and the Board of Investments (BOI) will conduct a forum titled “Industry Roadmaps and the Asean Economic Community (AEC) Game Plan: Regional Roadmaps for Competitiveness” on November 26 at Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City to prepare the provinces for the upcoming regional integration.

    The keynote message will be delivered by DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo.

    The forum will focus on the crucial role of industrial development in the integration process of Asean. Also, the forum will inform stakeholders of the opportunities and challenges in Asean. Similar fora will be held in Cebu City on December 2 at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel and in Davao City on December 4 at the Apo View Hotel.

    The AEC aims to establish a single market and production base with free movement of goods, services and investments across the 10 Asean member countries.

    Other forum speakers include Dr. Cielito Habito, chief of party, USAID Trade-Related Assistance for Development Project; Dr. Rafaelita Aldaba, DTI assistant secretary; Ro-Ann Bacal, regional director, National Economic Development Authority Region VI; Dr. Roehlano Briones, senior research fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies; Francis Penaflor, BOI sectoral champion for food processing; and Marie Annette Dacul, agribusiness specialist, Center for Food and Agribusiness, University of Asia and the Pacific.

    Habito will discuss the AEC 2015 and the National Development Agenda while Aldaba will discuss the Philippine New Industrial Policy for More Competitive Regional Economies.

    Other speakers and the topics that they will discuss are as follows: Bacal— Potentials and Challenges in the Region; Briones—Strategy for the Agribusiness Industry; Penaflor— Rapid Industry Appraisal Processed Meat Sector; Dacul – Rapid Industry Appraisal Processed Shrimp Sector.

    Participants from various chambers of commerce, business support organizations, the academe, LGUs, representatives of various government agencies, NGOs, consumer organizations and the media are expected to attend the forum.

    The DTI and BOI launched the Industry Roadmapping Project (IRP) in January 2012. The IRP continues to forge strategic partnerships with industry stakeholders, particularly the private sector, in the development of industry roadmaps.

    To date, 30 sectoral roadmaps have been submitted to the BOI, of which 25 roadmaps have been completed. These sectoral roadmaps are the building blocks of the Manufacturing Industry Roadmap (MIR) and the Comprehensive National Industrial Strategy (CNIS).

    The MIR, finalized in 2013, consolidates the roadmaps submitted to the BOI while the CNIS is envisioned to be the blueprint for the overall industrial development strategy and will cover agriculture, manufacturing, and services.

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