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ASEAN claims ‘significant progress’ on RCEP

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has achieved many of the items on its economic agenda and made major progress in bringing forward...

P1 billion each allocated for MSMEs programs in 2018 budget

SENATE FINANCE committee chair Loren B. Legarda in a statement on Saturday, Oct. 28, said she has allocated to the 2018 budget P1 billion...

Construction worker shortage ‘about 2.5M’ – DTI

THE construction industry estimates that it will need 2.5 million more workers to deal with the government’s infrastructure program, a Department of Trade and...

DTI to study gov’t support for startups

THE Department of Trade and Industry will be looking into how to boost the startup industry in the Philippines to attract more investors and...

Industry groups want post-shipment testing on steel, cement imports retained

By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato INDUSTRY groups in a press briefing scheduled Monday, Oct. 16, are expected to appeal anew to the Department of Trade...

DTI to expand cacao output nationwide Davao attracts European chocolate makers

DAVAO CITY – With several European chocolate makers now looking into sourcing cacao beans from the Davao Region, which accounts for about 80% of...

Network launched for ASEAN young entrepreneurs

By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato THE official network for young entrepreneurs under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was launched on Tuesday to boost...

RCEP partners considering options to move forward on deal

THE 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the six countries with which the economic bloc has free trade...

‘Strong incentive’ for RCEP deal seen — DTI

THE COUNTRIES negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have no choice but to resolve contentious issues relating to the creation of the economic...

Halal exports expected to surge in 2018

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) expects halal exports to hit $1.4 billion in 2018, up from around $800 million this year, after...