Ms Ann Robeniol, DTI Philippines Assistant Secretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy Group and the Senior Economic Officials Meeting (SEOM) Chair for the Philippines, recently provided a lecture on the progress of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.
The RCEP 22nd round of negotiations was held in Singapore from 28 April to 8 May 2018 with 16 participating countries presenting diverse set of interests. While faced with challenges, there is expectation that the countries will resolve their differences and complete the negotiation later this year.
Joining Ms.Robeniol at the lecture is Dr Sanchita Basu Das who acted as the moderator for the session. Photo is from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Facebook page.♦
Date of release: 11 June 2018
|DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap, on separate occasions, visited the Official Philippine Pavilion at the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) 2018 show and gave their support to Filipino food entrepreneurs.|
SINGAPORE – The Philippines (PH) continues to be an investment destination for Singaporean companies as USD 185.7 million-worth of investment pledges providing 1,920 job opportunities were signed at the sidelines of the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on 28 April 2018.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported that the investment pledges will cover collaborative works on aviation, solutions for sustainable urbanization, as well as development of marine renewable energy, packaging, film manufacturing, information, communications technology, financial technology, water solutions, prefabricated projects, food, and blockchain technology.
“With our robust bilateral trade and investments ties, we are confident that these new business agreements will even deepen our relationship further. These will push Philippine-Singapore trade engagement to even greater heights,” said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
“With these investments coming in, I am fulfilling a personal commitment to my countrymen to bring them more job opportunities. That’s why I am appreciative of your investment in the Philippines. I promise you that when you invest in the Philippines, we will ensure that your investments will be protected,” the President added.
The President witnessed the presentation of six Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and four Letters of Intent (LOI) signed between the PH business delegation—composed of Filinvest Development Corporation, Everhydro Corporation, Cebu Air, Inc., ICS ICT Support Service Corporation, Ascent Solutions Philippines Inc., and Jollibee Foods Corporation—and Singaporean companies, including Keppel Corporation, OceanPixel, SIA Engineering Company Limited, Hitachi Asia Ltd., Robin Village International Pte. Ltd., Ascent Solutions Pte. Ltd., and Golden Beeworks Pte. Ltd.
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez also signed an LOI with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Robert Yap, which involves a feasibility study on a suitable site for the implementation of a free online marketplace, SGConnect™ legacy project.
Sec. Lopez also signed an LOI with Lepack Packaging Pte. Ltd. Director Lim Seong Nam, which will explore opportunities to help and assist micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by developing innovative packaging.
In 2017, Singapore (SG) was PH’s 6th trading partner, 5th export market, and 7th import supplier with total bilateral trade valued at USD 9.34 billion. Exports of semiconductor devices manufactured on consignment basis also boosted PH export to SG by 1.16% in 2017.
Likewise, a significant growth of 378% (or Php 2.13 billion in 2017 from Php 444 million in 2016) approved investments from SG was noted in electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply industry.
Meanwhile, Secretary Lopez encouraged SG’s business community to join PH’s growth story by locating and expanding their businesses in the country.
“There are enormous opportunities for companies partnering with Philippines as the country is on its economic breakout,” said Sec. Lopez.
"The 6.7% GDP growth, increasing consumer base, and highly-skilled and young workforce complement the various reforms and infrastructure programs of the government, as well as new policies in enhancing business environment and competitiveness,” Sec. Lopez added.
The trade chief also highlighted PH’s preferential agreements and market access to Europe, the European Union and United States.
“We are a strategic partner as the Philippines is located at the crossroads of international shipping and airlines, and a natural gateway to the East Asian economies. With our preferential agreements to big economies, we can also provide access to the large US and EU markets,” Sec. Lopez concluded.♦
Date of release: 30 April 2018
The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI), through the Philippine Trade & investment Centre (PTIC)-Singapore, recently held a seminar on online registration for single proprietorship at the investment boot camp hosted by The Global Filipino Investors (TGFI) in Singapore. PTIC-Singapore was represented by Commercial Counsellor Cynthia Ricafort who shared with over 800 attendees.
In February of this year, the DTI launched the Philippine Business Registry (PBR), an online system for entrepreneurs to register single proprietorships and apply for licenses. The objective is to do away with the repetitious process of having to fill up numerous forms and submitting the same official papers to different agencies. The PBR links DTI with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Social Security System, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG.
The PBR is one of the DTI’s contributions to the ease of doing business in the Philippines, in line with the administration’s commitment in streamlining processes to improve the country’s global ranking in Ease of Doing Business.
“I am very much looking forward to helping the TGFI bootcamp attendees become business owners. With the PBR, registration is easier, taking only five steps in 15 days, from 14 steps in 34 days,” said Commercial Counsellor Cynthia Ricafort.
TGFI is a community of Filipinos geared to promote financial literacy to improve the financial well-being of its members. The TGFI investors boot camp held at the Singapore Expo was the second global summit of the group and boasted of business experts on personal finance management, stock market, real estate, agribusiness and franchising.♦