The Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Paris (PTIC Paris) in cooperation with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Geneva (POLO-Geneva), and the Philippine Embassy in Paris (PE-Paris), recognizing the need to further provide assistance to overseas Filipinos in France interested in expanding their means of livelihood and financial security, conducted a TRABAHO, NEGOSYO, KABUHAYAN (TNK) event in Nice, France on 18-19 May 2019.

The event which was timed with the Philippine Consular Mission to Nice on both dates, was an initiative by aforementioned Philippine government agencies/offices with jurisdiction over France. It also germinated from the ongoing agreement between the DTI and the DOLE to conduct TNKlivelihood events, including in foreign posts.

Also extending support during the event were the Pag-Ibig and SSS offices based in Milan, Italy, and the Philippine Consulate General’s Office in Geneva, whose Consul General shared snippets of their financial literacy program with the attendees during the two-day event.

This is the third TNK event for PTIC-Paris for 2019, after a Madrid TNK project held last April 7 together with the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) and the Philippine Embassy in Madrid led by Ambassador Philippe Jones Lhuillier. Last January 17, a TNK event with the PFA and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) was conducted at the PTIC-Paris, with PCCI President Bing Limjoco as key speaker.♦

Date of Release: 19 May 2019

The Philippine Embassy in Paris in partnership with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Paris (PTIC Paris), co-organized a delegation of French electronics companies from ACSIEL Alliance Electronique that visited the Philippines on 28-30 May 2019. 

ACSIEL officials led by its President Mr. Jean Luc Estienne, timed their visit with the conduct of the Philippine Semiconductor and Electronics Convention and Exhibition (PSECE) held on 30 May - 1 June 2019 at the SMX Convention Center and organized by the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation Inc (SEIPI), whose first-ever Philippine electronics business mission delegates to France were received by ACSIEL at their Paris office on 24 October 2018.

The ACSIEL delegation which represents key players in the electronics supply chain of France, included officials from STMicroelectronics, Atemation and Inventec. They embarked on an exploratory mission to the Philippines to check on the possibilities of forging growth collaboration between their 150 plus members and their Philippine counterparts in the future. 

The visit was also the initial step in a list of 5 pre-identified efforts for further cooperation between ACSIEL and SEIPI, which included 1) the visit of the French electronics association to the PSECE; 2) sharing of information by both electronics groups; 3) the development of trade relations through benchmarking of manufacturing and research and development capabilities; mapping of current equipment and services for electronics boards assembly; identifying synergies, and promotion of each other’s manufacturing and services capabilities; 4) new technologies and competency development; and 5) future consultative endeavors.

Key highlights of the visit of ACSIEL to the Philippines included inspection of government-owned electronics testing facility – the  the Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory or the ADMATEL; electronics manufacturing services plant visits at Ionics and Fastech; a roundtable discussion on inclusive innovation strategy involving the Board of Investments (BOI), the Department of Science and Technology Advance Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), IC Design companies in the Philippines, SEIPI, PTIC-Paris and the French Commercial Office in the Philippines; the attendance of the opening session of the PSECE; and a brief meeting with Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba on the sidelines of the PSECE.

ACSIEL and SEIPI are now exploring the possibility of fulfilling the next steps in their cooperation plans. ♦

Date of Release: 29 May 2019

Welcome plans for a Turkey business mission to PH in March

DTI led by Sec Lopez meets DEIK Turkey

"There are a lot of similarities between the Philippines and Turkey. And there are also a lot of opportunities for complementation, too." This was the key message of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez when he addressed members of the Dış Ekonomik İlişkiler Kurulu (DEIK) or the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey in Istanbul last February 7.
The DTI Secretary added that these complementarities can potentially leapfrog current trade levels between two of the fastest growing economies in Asia and in Europe.
In 2016, Turkey was the Philippines' 45th trading partner, 45th export market, and 43th import supplier. In 2017 (covering January-November), total trade between two countries hit a significant increase with USD 163 million.
Mr. Ilkem Sahin, who currently chairs the Istanbul based Turkey-Philippine Business Council (PTBC), agreed with Secretary Lopez who opined that trade levels between both countries remained below their potential.
Sahin added that he hopes that the recent convening of the first-ever Philippines-Turkey Joint Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (JCTEC), and the DEIK Roundtable Meeting between Philippine and Turkish business officials, can help double trade figures in the next year or two.
To capitalize on the momentum built by the JCTEC in Ankara, and the productive business engagements in Turkey organised by the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre (PTIC) in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Ankara, Mr. Sahin announced, in the presence of visiting Philippine-Turkey Business Council (PTBC) Chair, Mr. Ernesto Chua, that the TPBC is spearheading a Turkish Business Mission to the Philippines in March 2018.
DTI Undersecretary and Board of Investments (BOI) Managing Head Ceferino S. Rodolfo, who also presented the opportunities of doing business in the Philippines during the DEIK Forum, underscored possible complementation of the Philippines and Turkey in areas such as fashion (furniture, garments and textiles), food & fruit, family-oriented and faith-based tourism, film development, and fabricated materials (construction) among others.
Undersecretary Rodolfo also added that Turkish companies may consider the Philippines as a production hub to capitalize on market access to its bilateral and multilateral trading partners, such as the US, and the ASEAN+6.
With over 1,000 members all over Turkey, DEIK whose main task is to "conduct foreign economic relations of the Turkish private sector," is currently represented by 94 founding institutions, 136 bilateral business councils, 5 sector-specific business councils, and 2 special purpose business councils.♦


The Foreign Trade Service Officers successfully conducted their regional planning consecutively held from 03-13 December 2018 to discuss and review strategies in promoting Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) goes Global program for overseas Filipinos, Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP), and the country’s Investment Priorities Plan to improve the Philippines’ trade relations and increase investments for the year 2019 onward, among others.

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Date of Release: December 2018

Sec Ramon Lopez at Anitkabir

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez​ paid respects to the founding father of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk​, during a wreath laying ceremony at the Anitkabir last 5 February 2018 on the first day of official activities lined up on the occasion of the convening of the first-ever Philippines Turkey Joint Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (JCTEC) meeting.

Secretary Lopez was accompanied by Philippine Ambassador to Turkey, Her Excellency Maria Rowena Sanchez, Philippine non-resident Commercial Attache Froilan Emil Pamintuan​, officals from the Philipoine Embassy in Ankara, and Philippine Turkey Business Council (PTBC) Ernesto Chua who led a Filipino business delegation during the official visit to Turkey.

Secretary Lopez, during the ceremony, said that "with the convening of the First Philippine JCETC in Ankara, my hope, anchored on the vision of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, is that our efforts may continue to elevate the livelihood of our people by opening more doors for international business exchanges and cooperation, especially among our emerging enterprises."

The Anitkabir is the memorial tomb of the Atatürk, who was the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the first President of the Republic of Turkey.

After the wreath laying ceremony, Secretary Lopez also signed the Book of Honour at the monument in the presence of distinguished guests.♦

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