Workshop on market access for SMEs set

The Department of Trade and lndustry (DTl) takes part in a workshop on market access to boost the regional and global competitiveness of the Philippines’ small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the midst of rapid technology advancement, full integration of Southeast Asian economies, and growing global competition for markets.


“ln line with DTI’s month-long entrepreneurship celebration this year, we have worked in partnership with the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs (Business Alliance) to organize this workshop for SMEs to gain knowledge on managing their businesses effectively and be competitive players in the domestic market as well as in the regional and global supply chains,” DTI Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya said.


Dubbed as “Workshop on Market Access for SMEs: Supplying to ASEAN and the World”, this workshop is organized by the Business Alliance in collaboration with the ASEAN SME Working Group and in partnership with the DTl, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and lndustry (PCCI), Philippine Exporters Confederation, lnc. (PHILEXPORT), top United States (US) companies in Southeast Asia, and successful local companies. lt will be held on July 24,2014 from 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. at the New World Hotel in Makati City.


The Business Alliance is a collaboration between the US-ASEAN Business Council and the US Agency for lnternational Development (USAID), in partnership with the ASEAN, to support SMEs in the region.


The workshop aims to impart the wide-ranging knowledge and skills of leading US firms operating in the region for SMEs to improve on management of opportunities and challenges in fast-evolving and complex global economy.


“This workshop will also be a good opportunity for our SMEs to network and learn how to manage their businesses effectively for them to develop supply-chain linkages and markets through gaining knowledge on branding, e-commerce and e-payment, online marketing, and logistics from frontrunners of big US global companies,” Maglaya said.


During the workshop’s clinic sessions and one-on-one consultations, SMEs can learn from these global companies such as Google, FedEx, Baker & McKenzie, Procter & Gamble, eBay and PayPal.


The workshop will also feature local successful companies like Splash Corporation, HanCole Corporation, Republic Chemical lndustries and Shopinas to share their success stories in the region.


“ln introducing the latest technology and business management tools at the workshop, we hope to empower SMEs to take full advantage of the various opportunities arising from the regional economic integration and in the global market,” Maglaya said.


She said that the workshop is seen as a useful platform not only to propel the Philippines towards the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) goals in 2015 but to enhance the readiness of local enterprises for the full integration of the region’s economy in2015.


The workshop is expected to gather about 150 SMEs. lnterested participants will be registered on firstcome, first-served basis, and may contact the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprises (BSMED) at telephone numbers 751.5057 ,751 .5059 and 897.7596. (end)