• NATIONAL EXPORTERS’ WEEK OPENS

    DTI, private sector promote SMEs global integration

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    The 2014 National Exporters’ Week, jointly sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Export Development Council (EDC), and the Philippine Exporters’ Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) opened yesterday, with the week-long event highlighted by the National Exporters’ Congress 2014 to be held on December 5 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

    The theme of this year’s National Exporters’ Week is “Integrating SMEs to Global Value Chains,” with a variety of events scheduled between December 1 and December 7.

    “Amid globalization and full integration of the ASEAN economies next year, we have been vigorously supporting the improvement of the capabilities of our SMEs so they can increase their participation in global trade,” DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo said.

    Domingo added that the DTI has been working on measures to remove trade barriers for SMEs in marketing their products to foreign markets, and in the long run, to help them expand and strengthen their integration in global value chains along with multinational corporations.

    “We are advocating for simplified rules for SMEs to easily participate in regional or global trade and benefit from trade agreements that the Philippines enters into,” Domingo said.

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