DTI chief highlights Philippines’ global market potential

(L-R) Moderator Sarah Murphy, DA Undersecretary Asis Perez, Secretary Frederick Go, DTI Secretary Fred Pascual, Private Sector Advisory Council Member Ms. Rizalina Mantaring, Private Public Partnership Center Executive Director Ma. Cynthia Hernandez

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Fred Pascual underscored during the Philippine Economic Briefing Forum held on May 27 the Philippines’ strong position in the global market.

Pascual detailed several initiatives aimed at boosting economic partnerships and enhancing the country’s export capabilities.

“We at the DTI are charting a course to ensure the Philippines continues its impressive economic growth trajectory. By deepening our economic partnerships, aggressively promoting our exports, and unlocking the untapped potential of our local industries, we are confident that the Philippines will solidify its position as a significant player in the global market,” he said.

The DTI is capitalizing on trade agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest free trade area, which includes major economies such as Australia, China, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand. By organizing annual international trade forums, the DTI connects businesses directly with export opportunities arising from RCEP, while educational campaigns ensure that businesses can effectively leverage the benefits of this agreement.

RCEP aims to streamline the business environment across the region, enhancing resilience against economic challenges and fostering support for services, investments, intellectual property, e-commerce, and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). A significant portion of the Philippines’ trade and foreign direct investment is derived from RCEP member nations.

Recognizing potential concerns about a surge in imported goods, the DTI has implemented the Import Surge Monitoring System. Launched in May 2023, this system tracks import volumes of sensitive industrial products, allowing the DTI to identify potential threats to local manufacturers and propose trade remedies or policy interventions as needed.

The DTI is also focused on developing sectors with high export potential, such as the Halal industry. The establishment of a dedicated Halal Task Force is part of strategic initiatives to build partnerships with Halal-driven economies and create a network of reputable certifying bodies.

“By forging strategic partnerships, the DTI is opening doors for Philippine exports to enter global value chains and access new markets. This, coupled with our focus on developing world-class Filipino products and services, strengthens the Philippine economy’s long-term resilience,” Pascual added.

The Philippine Economic Briefing (PEB) Manila, organized by the Department of Finance and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), served as a platform for economic managers to engage with industry leaders and discuss the country’s growth potential. The forum emphasized the importance of strategic partnerships and proactive policy measures in sustaining economic growth and resilience.

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