The Department of Trade and Industry through its Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) in collaboration with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Seoul and the ASEAN Korea Centre (AKC) are supporting Philippine exporters in expanding their market reach in South Korea through the country’s participation at the Korea International Furniture and Interior Fair (KOFURN) 2018 happening from 29 August to 02 September 2018 at the Korea International Exhibition Center in Gyeonggi, South Korea.Ten (10) Philippine companies assisted by the DTI-EMB through its Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exporters (RIPPLES) Plus Program were selected by the ASEAN-Korea Center (AKC) to showcase their products and services at the AKC ASEAN Exhibition Area of the KOFURN.
These Philippine furniture and furnishing companies which are members of the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines, Inc. (CFIP) and Pampanga Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc. (PFIF) include Azcor Lighting Systems, Calfurn Manufacturing Philippines, Country Accents, Filipino Creazione De Mano, Furnitureville, Markline Home Furnitures, More Than A Chair, Natures Legacy Eximport, Venzon Lighting Manufacturing, and Weavemanila.
KOFURN is the largest furniture exhibition in South Korea which features home, office and kitchen, interior furniture including the woodworking industry, and a design competition which started in 1984 under the active support of the Korean Government.
More than 350 representative firms are expected to display examples of contemporary bed furniture, office furniture, kitchen and bath products, sofas, lightings, carpets and flooring, wall coverings, textiles, raw materials, accessories and outdoor furniture for residential and commercial interiors and woodworking machinery for furniture and related products and publications. Also expected to visit the KOFURN 2018 are nearly 50,000 visitors both from the domestic and overseas fronts.
The Philippine Pavilion under the AKC ASEAN Exhibition Area of KOFURN will be joined by other ASEAN-member countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
In 2017, South Korea was among the top export markets of the Philippines with total export values of USD4.3 B.♦
|PH furniture makers in South Korea. Ten (10) Philippine companies selected by the ASEAN-Korea Center (AKC) are currently participating in the Korea International Furniture and Interior Fair at the KINTEX Exhibition Center, Gyeonggi, Korea from 29 August to 02 September, 2018.|
Date of Release: 31 August 2018
|Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez (5th from left) and the rest of the Philippine delegation meet with South Korean companies on the sidelines of President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to South Korea.|
|The Philippines successfully concluded an investment mission to South Korea led by Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Undersecretary for Trade and Investments Promotion Group Nora K. Terrado (1st row; 5th from left) with Philippine Ambassador to South Korea H.E. Raul Hernandez (1st row; 6th from left) and Philippine Trade and Investment Center- Seoul (PTIC-Seoul) Commercial Counselor Emmanuel Ang (1st row; 2nd from left). Seven (7) Philippine Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) actively participated the mission which promoted the Philippines as an ideal investment hub for infrastructure and other priority industries. The delegation includes Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Clark Development Corporation, Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Mindanao Development Authority, Authority of the Freeport of Bataan, Board of Investments, and Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority. In 2016, South Korea ranked as the 7th major trading partner and 8th export market. The Philippines on its part, welcomes more Korean companies to be part of the Philippine government’s campaign of advancing the country’s infrastructure agenda through the “build, build, build” project and march towards inclusive, innovation-led prosperity.|
Makati City, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines – Philippine Overseas Construction Board (CIAP-POCB), and the Board of Investments, with the Commercial Section of the Philippine Embassy in Seoul, Korea received a delegation of twelve (12) Korean companies on 29 to 30 January 2018.
The Business Forum held on 30 January 2018 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza gathered over a hundred distinguished government representatives and movers in the construction, infrastructure, and energy industries, led by DTI Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Ease of Doing Business Rowel S. Barba, Philippine Ambassador to Korea Raul Hernandez, ASEAN-Korea Center Secretary General Ambassador Young-sun Kim, and Republic of Korea Ambassador to the Philippines Dong Han Man.
Presenting opportunities in the Philippines were Board of Investments Director Angelica Cayas on Investments and Build Build Build Committee Chairman Anna Mae Lamentillo and PPP Director Frances Yani Domingo on the Philippine Government’s infrastructure projects. International Contractors Association of Korea (ICAK) Deputy General Tae-wan Kim and counterpart Philippine Overseas Construction Board Member Mr. Michael Robert Reyes were also in attendance. CIAP, though the POCB, endeavors to cultivate strategic ties with South Korea with the end in view of developing the construction industry of both nations.
One-on-One Business Meetings between Korean and Filipino companies followed the forum to discuss areas of collaboration on infrastructure, energy, and construction, both in the Philippines and in Korea.
Over dinner of Pampango cuisine, the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB), one of five implementing boards of the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines, discussed the licensing and accreditation process for foreign construction companies under the Quadruple A category which allow firms with 100% foreign equity to participate in infrastructure projects in the Philippines. PCAB also discussed how South Korean firms may acquire a special license for singular/specific projects through consortium or joint venture with Filipino companies.
With the recently approved Quadruple A category of PCAB, the agency expects a surge in foreign investments in construction and infrastructure. Construction investments for the first to third quarter of 2017, amounted to PHP627.4B or USD12.5B, a 6.8% increase compared to the same period in 2016. Of this, 25.9% is attributed to Government infrastructure spending equivalent to PHP162.7B or USD3.3B and 74.1% or PHP464.7B(USD9.3B) from private construction activities. Government construction activities increased by 10.0% while private construction activities increased by 5.8% compared to same period in 2016.♦