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By Raison D. Arobinto | Halal Section | DTI-Export Marketing Bureau

01 July 2019

Published also in Business Mirror

FOLLOWING the success of the first Philippine National Halal Conference last year held in Davao, the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Board-member agencies chaired by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), will once again spearhead the conduct of the second Philippine National Halal Conference, with the theme “Leveraging on United Opportunities for All-inclusive Growth in the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion,” from July 2 to 4, 2019, in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

The conference will feature several components such as the Assembly of the Muslim Scholars in the Philippines for the religious sector to have a common approach in terms of the new halal policies of the government. Another component is the cascading of the Philippine Halal programs through the Negosyo Centers of the DTI and other regional offices of the Halal Export Board member-agencies. Another component of the conference is the conduct of the second Philippine-Brunei Joint Committee Meeting. This is pursuant to the memorandum of understanding on halal cooperation signed by the two countries in 2017.

The conference will also feature an exhibition of companies with halal-certified products and business-to-business meetings of the halal suppliers, manufacturers, traders and certification bodies. The conference proper, which will gather local and international major stakeholders in the global halal industry, will feature various topics related to market access, market opportunities, emerging sectors in the halal industry, as well as the halal-related services including Islamic finance and tourism, with international speakers from Singapore, the United States, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Pakistan.

This conference is also part of the government’s efforts to prepare Central Luzon as a Muslim-friendly tourism destination, especially for the upcoming 30th Southeast Asia Games this year which will be hosted by the region. The SEA Games is expected to welcome a large volume of Muslim athletes, delegates and visitors who would be looking for Halal food and related services.

The conference is held in collaboration with the Philippine Trade Training Center, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Subic – Clark Alliance for Development and Clark Development Corp. with financial support from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Science and Technology, Mindanao Development Authority and the Department of Agriculture.

01 July 2019

By Philexport News and Features

Published also in Business Mirror

LOCAL chemical firms expect to register a modest export growth of five percent this year as importers, particularly Europe, impose stricter quality requirements.

Oscar Barrera, trustee for the chemicals sector of the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport), pointed out Europe prescribes exporters to register six months prior to export, and is strict on chemical qualifications and requires international certifications.

“So if you are just a small medium-sized company, you get discouraged to go through all that things which are basically regulatory requirements,” he said.

But Barrera said industry players are working to increase export revenues while also tapping the domestic market. Chemical exports now comprise a measly five percent of the country’s total export industry, he added.

Barrera noted that companies engaged in the production of beauty products and essential oils are the ones “doing well” in the overseas markets, especially in Europe and Hong Kong.

“The local market is still there. That’s our hope. Local lipstick, local cream, beauty lotions, formulations, that’s what we are hoping; we keep increasing,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Philippines The Philippines has one of the most amazing biodiversities in the world, and the richness and uniqueness of our ecosystem needs to be protected because it is key to the survival and growth of businesses and industries, according to an environmental expert.

Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim, executive director of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), said enterprises should start mainstreaming biodiversity into their operations rather than just making it a part of their corporate social responsibility.

Chemical firms eye 5% export growth

Mainstreaming biodiversity is the process of embedding biodiversity considerations into the policies, strategies and practices of businesses so that biodiversity is conserved and sustainably used, Lim said, who spoke at a recent environment forum organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) – Seoul Commercial Counsellor Jose Ma. Dinsay, DTI-EMB Assistant Director Agnes Legaspi (center), Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC,) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) officers met with KOIMA officers during the coordination meeting for the KOIMA Business Mission 2019.

The Korean Importers Association (KOIMA) will visit the Philippines for a Buying Mission in time for the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations of the Philippines and South Korea. A pre-arranged business matching event for the Korean buyers will be organized by the Department of Trade and Industry - Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) on 11 July 2019, 1:30 – 4:30 PM at Conrad Hotel, Pasay City.

KOIMA is the only Korean private organization exclusively dedicated to facilitating imports into the country to develop its industry. KOIMA’s 8,500 members are specialists in their respective business fields. The association endeavors to advance and promote its members’ interest and performs various activities which contribute to the improvement of trade relations with other countries.

The mission is expected to have a 150-member delegation representing 60 Korean companies with business interest in the following sectors: (1) Food and Agriculture (2) Electronics (3) Chemicals (4) Automotive and Machineries (5) Furniture and Wearables (6) Minerals, and (7) Services.

Interested companies may email Ms. Gina Yap through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at (+632) 465.3300 loc 230.♦

Date of Release: 28 June 2019

01 July 2019

Published also in Business Mirror

OLIVIA Technology Group Inc., a Philippine fintech company, participated in the APEC Financial Opportunities Fair for Women-led MSMEs held in Tomsk, Russia on June 14 and 15, 2019.

The company, the lone Philippine representative, was nominated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) based on the qualifications of the organizers.

 The APEC event aimed to increase women SME entrepreneurs’ access to finance by developing a strong capacity-building platform providing knowledge, strategies and experiences.

On the first day of the event, the sessions and workshops were focused on government support measures for women-led MSMEs and international grant programs and success stories of companies awarded with grants.

The second day showcased women-led SMEs from the Apec region. Titam Rebueno, Business Development lead for Olivia Technology Group Inc., discussed how Olivia app can help freelancers and micro entrepreneurs manage their finances.

Other presenters were: Online Media and Agentima of Russia, Kiddocare Sdn Bhd of Malaysia, BELX Bio-Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., YC Consultants Ltd. and Bened BioMedical Co. Ltd. of Chinese Taipei, and PT Indo Natura Gemilang Abadi of Indonesia.

The fair also provided networking and knowledge sharing among grant providers and women-led company representatives in the Asia Pacific.

Jocs Pantastico, the founder and CEO of Olivia, said they are glad to be part of APEC’s financing opportunities fair because it is what their company is committed to do—“empowering women across the region to manage their finances.”

“I’m very happy and proud to have been part of this financing opportunities fair in Tomsk. The networking with really awesome women leaders was invaluable. Olivia looks forward to near future cooperation with them and the Asia Pacific. We are very grateful to DTI for supporting us in this event,” Rebueno said.

The event was hosted by Chinese Taipei Small and Medium Enterprises Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

The organizers were SMART Business Trips, Lingvista Translation Agency, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, and The Sun Yat-Sen Management Education Foundation.

24 June 2019

Published also in Business Mirror

DEMAND for video games is increasing in South Korea, with software expected to continue recording strong growth over the next few years.

The Euromonitor Digest, the online publication of the Export Marketing Bureau of the Department of Trade and Industry, said new video games hardware, an Internet-connected one which enables access to the Steam platform, allows game producers to upload their games to the platform and pay a commission of 30 percent.

The report said it does not require storage place or inventory, and this is set to support growth of video games software (digital) over the forecast period.

Manufacturers of console game hardware are also following this trend, which will likely lead to lower sales of video games software (physical), it added.

The Euromonitor Digest said the already-high possession rate of smartphones is expected to increase, thus supporting growth of mobile games which are set to record strong constant retail value growth.

It noted online games have a spending limit while mobile games have no budget limitation.

The report cited data indicating that the number of female gamers is increasing gradually. Thus, unlimited gaming spend and the increasing number of game players will likely support the growth of mobile games, it said.

“Small and medium-sized companies focused on online games and overseas markets such as China, South East Asia and the US while developing games in South Korea,” it said.

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