PH to maximize trade opportunities with India

27 August 2020 | The total trade of the Philippines and India is growing but its full potential has not been fully realized yet. In 2019, India was the Philippines’ 17th export market valued at US$545.45 million contributing only 0.77% share to the total Philippine exports. In comparison, Philippine imports from India amounted to US$1.83 billion or 1.64% of total imports. As such, the Philippines has been active in conducting and participating in various trade promotion activities to explore and maximize the trade opportunities between the two countries.

Export Matching in the Time of Coronavirus

27 August 2020 | The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted modern human life on an unprecedented scale – effectively forcing a sweeping range of social and economic activities to grind to a screeching halt. The highly contagious virus triggered nearly 100 countries to impose exhaustive restrictions on the movement of people. In the Philippines, rigorous lockdown measures in the entire Luzon area were implemented in the form of “Enhanced Community Quarantine” (ECQ). Schools closed, mass gatherings were prohibited, transportation was suspended and employers – private, and the public – have adopted work-from-home schemes. This pandemic has undoubtedly shocked the entire supply chain to its core.

PTTC Training Facilitator Jezel Sunga discussed the training courses and workshops among the participants while PTTC Deputy Executive Director Nelly Nita Dillera outlined their training programs that are attuned to the administration’s Ambisyon 2040 that seeks to provide equal opportunities for all. Dillera also presented the Philippine Export Development Plan that hopes to enable Filipinos to be able to export up to 122 to 131 Billion US Dollars that includes Halal products.

DTI eyes Halal products in CAR as export items

With the expanding market for Halal food and cosmetic products that caters to neighboring Muslim and Arabic nations including the country’s 10.7 Muslim Filipinos, the Department of Trade and Industry’s CAR Regional Office and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) and the DTI Export Management Bureau (EMB) conducted a two-day Halal Training of Trainers on September 11-12, 2019 in Baguio City.