PTIC Mexico and Santiago PE Showcase PHL Trade and Investment Opportunities in UNSC’s Webinar: Descubre Filipinas
(7 September 2022) The Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Mexico (with jurisdiction over Chile) and the Philippine Embassy in Santiago participated in the webinar Descubre Filipinas upon the invitation of the Universidad Catolica de la Santisima Concepcion and its Centro de Estudios y Desarrollo Asia Pacifico (CEDAP) . The webinar targeted potential importers and exporters, foreign investors and other stakeholders from Chile’s Biobio Region. PTIC Mexico’s Trade Counsellor Mr. John Paul Iñigo served as the main resource person for the Philippines and provided a comprehensive Spanish presentation on Oportunidades de Comercio e Inversion con Filipinas (Trade and Investment Opportunities with the Philippines). He highlighted the traditional PHL export products to Chile and, equally important, other prospective products for export, such as LED lamps, integrated circuits, office machines/equipment, communication equipment, tuna, shrimp, banana, piña, coconut and coconut byproducts, and many more. He invited Chilean investors to attend PHL annual expos, specifically IFEX, or to visit its virtual platform IFEX connect. Trade Counsellor Iñigo also outlined a helpful summary of priority areas and key investment opportunities in the Philippines (Tiers I, II and II) focusing on health, employment, manufacturing, agri and aquaculture, strategic services, renewable energy, digital economy, and other crucial sectors. He underscored full Philippine governmental commitment and support for incoming investors under the CREATE Law, the Foreign Investments Act, the Public Services Act, the Transnational Higher Education Act, and other legislation targeting to promote and facilitate Philippine trade and investment with its bilateral partners and international stakeholders.
PTIC-Mexico’s main feature was preceded by a presentation by Mr. Ovaldo Marinao, Regional Director of ProChile, who discussed the ProChile’s offerings and services for Chilean PYMEs (micro, small and medium scale enterprises) as well as the current advantages and challenges of investing in the Philippines.
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Jim Tito B. San Agustin, UCSC Rector Dr. Christian Mellado, Consul Dennis John Briones, UCSC Director Steve Baeza Abadie, PTIC Mexico’s Liliana Calderon, Special Assistant Paula Rodriguez, and Embassy Interpreter Julia Carolina Farias served as panel members during the 2-hour webinar and Q&A. END
The Philippine Embassy in Chile, represented by First Secretary and Consul Dennis Briones, attended the IV Cooperation Forum of the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Peru, Mexico and Colombia) held virtually on 30 August 2022. The Philippines also attended the breakaway session on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management which allowed more than 60 country participants and 100 plus attendees to share best practices in capacity building during seismic risks, including tsunamis and its impact on society. This was closely followed by a session on Technical Assistance and Good Practices for Sustainable Production and the Best Use of Fertilizers.
The Philippines was granted observer status in the Pacific Alliance during Chile's Pro Tempore Presidency in 2019 END.
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY REVISITS TRADE AND INVESTMENT DELIVERABLES WITH CHILE’S SUB-SECRETARIAT FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS
(Santiago, 24 August 2022) As part of its economic diplomacy initiatives, the Philippine Embassy in Chile met with Chile’s Sub-Secretariat for International Economic Relations (SUBREI) to discuss measures to further enhance Philippines-Chile trade and investment relations, and to maximize the momentum of close partnership enjoyed by both countries.
The Philippine Embassy highlighted its keen interest to expand market access for its dried and food-grade carrageenan seaweeds, dried mangoes, pineapple, banana chips, desiccated coconut, coconut milk, virgin coconut oil and other coconut byproducts. SUBREI, on the other hand, requested the same for its blueberries, poultry and pork exports.
Aside from completing economic deliverables from last year’s 75th Anniversary of Philippines-Chile Diplomatic Relations, which include the completion of agreements on aquaculture, tourism and culture, Chief Urria emphasized Chile’s readiness to host the first meeting of the Technical Working Group under the ambit of the Philippines-Chile MOU on the Establishment of a Joint Economic Commission (JEC). The said MOU is seen as a precursor toward realizing a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries in the near future.
The Philippine Embassy and SUBREI also welcomed ongoing fruitful engagements between ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico) and agreed to continue supporting each other’s initiatives in the multilateral fora, such as the UN, APEC and FEALAC, guided by the Philippines’ and Chile’s common ideals of promoting free trade and investment, and their shared post-pandemic economic recovery strategies.
The Philippine Embassy was represented by First Secretary and Consul Dennis John Briones, Economic Assistant Ms. Josefina Abenoja and Special Assistant to the Head of Post Ms. Paula Rodriquez during the meeting, while SUBREI was represented by its new Chief for Asia and Oceania Division Mr. Pablo Urria Hering and Economic Adviser in-charge of the PHL Desk Ms. Macarena Camara. END
(Santiago, 21 August 2022) The Philippine Embassy, represented by First Secretary, Consul and GAD Focal Point Dennis John Briones, shared best practices and policy recommendations with other Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) in the Americas as part of efforts to enhance and assess the efficiency of the PHL Government's Gender and Development (GAD) projects and activities. The GAD Focus Group Discussions brought together representatives from the same rank and positions for an in-depth discussion about their individual priorities and experiences with DFA's gender mainstreaming efforts, particularly in the Americas.
- Friday, 09 September 2022 PTIC Mexico and Santiago PE Showcase PHL Trade and Investment Opportunities in UNSC’s Webinar: Descubre Filipinas
- Thursday, 01 September 2022 THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN CHILE ATTENDS THE 4TH COOPERATION FORUM OF THE PACIFIC ALLIANCE
- Friday, 26 August 2022 PHILIPPINE EMBASSY REVISITS TRADE AND INVESTMENT DELIVERABLES WITH CHILE’S SUB-SECRETARIAT FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS
- Tuesday, 23 August 2022 SANTIAGO PE ATTENDS FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS FOR THE 3RD PARTICIPATORY GENDER AUDIT
- Tuesday, 23 August 2022 PHILIPPINE EMBASSY SPONSORS PLANETARIUM TRIP AND HISTORY AND LANGUAGE CRASH COURSE FOR ESCUELA FILIPINAS CHILDREN