MAKATI CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry – Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) collaborates with the Office of the Undersecretary for International Economic Relations (OUIER) and the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) Office of the Middle East and African Affairs (OMEAA) in organizing the Usapang Exports on Market Opportunities and Trends in Africa – The Next Frontier” that will happen on December 05, 2019 at the Novotel Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

As part of the DTI-EMB’s efforts to explore key emerging markets, the bureau is working on further developing the country’s bilateral trade relations with Africa.

This year, the DTI-EMB started exploring Egypt and Ethiopia by organizing an outbound business matching mission (OBMM). In 2018, Egypt was the 62nd trading partner of the Philippines, 85th export market, and 48th import source, with top exports of Tunas, skipjack and bonito, printed circuits, and desiccated coconuts (fresh or dried), among others.

While, Ethiopia was the country’s 117th trading partner, 99th export market, and 149th import source, with top exports of sacks and bags (including cones) of polymers of ethylene, parts of machinery, plant or laboratory equipment, whether or not electrically heated for the treatment of materials by a process involving a change of temperature, and other parts of aeroplanes or helicopters, among others.

For December 05 Usapang Exports, topics that will be explored are market opportunities in South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, and Ethiopia. It includes presentation of four foreign embassies namely: South African Embassy, Embassy of Egypt, Moroccan Embassy, the Consulate of Ethiopia. Some entrepreneurs will also share their experiences in doing business in Africa.

Some 100 participants, which will comprise of exporters, trade support institutions, members of the academe, and government agencies, are expected during the session.

The Usapang Exports is one of the activities lined up in celebration of the Annual National Exporters’ Week with the theme “Driving Exports Through Digital Transformation!”.

Presidential Proclamation 931 series of 1996 and House Resolution No. 33 have declared the first week of December as the National Exporters’ Week to encourage all sectors of society to move as one toward the promotion and development of Philippine exports.♦

Date of Release: 03 December 2019