Trade dep’t holds regional consultations on export development plan
The trade department is holding regional consultations on the Philippine Export Development Plan for 2015 to 2017 to fine tune its program and support an annual exports growth of eight to nine percent.
The trade department held its first briefing for exporters in Southern Tagalog and the National Capital Region last March 16.
It has scheduled a regional briefing in Davao on March 9, another in Cebu on March 30, and one in Clark, Pampanga on April 5.
In a statement, Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. said: “We are at a strategic turning point in the country’s economic performance. The Philippine economy has never been in such a good shape for a long time. We can, as one government, harness the growth that we have been experiencing in the past six years, increase our exports, and meet the challenges and opportunities of the world market.”
Cristobal is the chair of the Export Development Council and the trade department is the lead agency in the implementation of the export development plan.
Government agencies including the departments of agriculture, energy, and environment and natural resources among others, will be presenting their inventories of policies and plan of action this April.
Cristobal urged government agencies to work together, saying “we have to move in concert to achieve our export goals. Harmonized policies among government agencies and efficient plans of action in consultation with our stakeholders are key factors for success.”
Philippine merchandise exports dropped by some six percent last year to $58.6 billion, with exports of agro-based products falling by 25 percent and shipments of forest products plunging by 44 percent. (By: Eileen A. Mencias)