The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), Export Development Council (EDC), and the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) will once again spearhead the National Exporters’ Week (NEW) on 04 to 07 December 2023.

National Exporters Week (NEW) is an annual celebration of the shared commitment of both the public and private sectors to continuously develop and promote the Philippines as a dynamic force in the global export market. Presidential Proclamation 931 series of 1996 declared the first week of December as National Exporter’s Week, emphasizing the nation’s continuous pursuit of fostering a robust export industry.

The highlight of the week-long event is the National Export Congress (NEC) which aims to put a spotlight on the shared vision of the public and private sectors for the Philippines’ export industry i.e. to establish the Philippines as a leading exporter of high-value products and services by 2028 while leveraging our superior knowledge and talent to cater to the diverse needs of global consumers and producers.

The NEC will also be live-streamed on the DTI-EMB, EDC, PHILEXPORT’s Facebook pages, and PHILEXPORT’s YouTube page.

NEW 2023, with the theme “Agile Philippines: Empowering Exporters towards Global Excellence,” aims to highlight the importance of developing and capacitating exporters to be nimble and resilient amidst a very volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world so that our exporters and our export industry can achieve global excellence and recognition.

Other export enablers have also collaborated with DTI, EDC, and PHILEXPORT in putting together a series of activities for the exporting community, these include:

● Capacity building workshop for women-owned/led businesses, as part of the EMB, International Trade Center (ITC) and Women Business Council partnership under the SheTrades Philippines Hub and supported by Visa Foundation;

● Philippines-European Union (EU) Partnership Conference, which includes the launching of an e-curriculum on six export-related topics in partnership with the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), ITC, and EU;

● Design Thinking Masterclass in partnership with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP);

● Exporters’ Exhibit to showcase some of our best export products;

● Export Enablers Exhibit, which will feature and make available to Philippine exporters the programs and services of our public and private sector partners. Exporters may avail of free onsite business advisory services, including export management and marketing;

● Business-to-business activities aimed at increasing backward linkages of Philippine exporters; and

● Fireside chats on key topics such as building resilient supply chains, recent export innovations, and exporting in the digital age.

Stay tuned to the social media pages of DTI-EMB, EDC, and PHILEXPORT for further information. ♦

Date of release: 24 November 2023