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ASEAN, Determined to Help Small Businesses, Substantially Conclude Regional Agreement


President Rodrigo Duterte, current chair of ASEAN, successfully led the convening of the 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on 29 April in Manila, the first of the two ASEAN Summits to be hosted by the country this year. 

Pres. Duterte facilitated frank discussions on the deepening integration process in the 10-member association, as well as on relevant regional and international developments. Leaders of ASEAN Member States (AMS) have strongly called for advanced cooperation in the region by staying true and steadfast to ASEAN’s processes of integration, innovation, inclusivity and connectivity.
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 (Source: DTI Website)

 Date Posted: May 05, 2017


Trade Chief calls for strong, creative ecosystems


Look: DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez (center R) urged members of the creative clusters, hubs and local government units to strengthen collaboration for a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable economy fueled by strong creative ecosystems. ''These ecosystems will gather communities, businesses, educational institutions, research units, training centers, governments, and the private sector, while also enabling them to be active contributors to these ecosystems,'' said Sec. Lopez during the recent (26 April) launching of the ASEAN Creative Cities Forum and Exhibition at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Arts Center. The trade chief emphasized that it is the design, creative and innovation dimension of any location, product or services that adds the greatest to its value or income. Lopez envisions that creative spaces will influence the market value of a location or a business model leading to its differentiating edge over others. As part of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, the DTI and the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) forward the Creative Economy and Creative City Agenda that aims to put a city in the Philippines to the UNESCO Creative Cities network. Joining Sec. Lopez were Trade and Investments Promotion Undersecretary Nora Terrado (center L), DCP Executive Director Ma. Rita Matute (rightmost) and Team Manila Creative Director Architect Jowee Alviar (leftmost).

 (Source: Facebook)

 Date Posted: May 03, 2017