DTI pushes inlcusive growth agenda in ASEAN
Business Mirror
February 1, 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte spearheaded the ceremonial launching of the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program on 24 January in Malacañan, signifying that he is one with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in promoting inclusive, innovation-led growth.

President Duterte said that the Philippine’s focus, as it joins other ASEAN Member States, will be on the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), innovation-led growth and reaching the full potential of women as contributors of economic growth.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez revealed DTI’s year-long plans that aim to complement and heighten the impact of the country’s strategic priorities and deliverables for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), following DTI’s chairship of ASEAN’s Committee on Business ans Investment Promotion (CBIP):


  • 23rd ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Retreat
  • Women in Tech Conference, powered by Slingshot


  • ASEAN MSMEs-Mentors Conference
  • 30th ASEAN Summit
  • ASEAN Creative Cities Forum and Exhibition


  • International Food Exposition (IFEX)


  • 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, 50th Anniversary of ASEAN
  • ASEAN Women’s Business Conference


  • Inclusive Business Summit
  • 49th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)
  • ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival


  • Slingshot ASEAN
  • Creative Market Place at Manila FAME


  • MSME Summit
  • Formal Introduction of ASEAN Mentors Network

Former president and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Execeutive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and presidential consultant for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion also witnessed the ceremony.

ASEAN, as an economic powerhouse, is now the third largest market in the world with over 620 million people, the third largest economy in Asia, and the seventh largest economy in the world with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 2.3 trillion dollars.