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DTI Assures MSMES of Market Access through "GO LOKAL"


Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez on Monday (20 December) assured micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of the government’s commitment to provide better market access for MSMEs by mainstreaming their products in commercial establishments, particularly those from the agriculture sector.

Speaking at the Christmas Townhall with President Rodrigo Duterte: Negosyo para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu at the Malacañan Palace, Sec. Lopez also urged businessmen to continue helping the government beat poverty in the country anew.

“Our call for today, to celebrate inclusive business, is to provide continuous market access for the products of MSMEs, especially in the agriculture sector,” Lopez told President Duterte and representatives of the business sector. Read more.


DTI, AJC Link Wowen Entrepreneurs


With the aim to build network among the ASEAN women entrepreneurs with established companies, mentors and other women entrepreneurs, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in collaboration with ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC), hosted the first ASEAN-Japan Women Entrepreneurs’ Linkage Program (AJWELP) in the Philippines.

Attended by over 70 participants from Japan and ASEAN member countries, the AJWELP served as a platform to connect new and existing enterprises that will help and support each other through their knowledge and resources.

“In response to the action program of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2025 (ASEAN SAP SMED 2025) which highlights the promotion of women entrepreneurs, the AJC, with the help of DTI, introduced the AJWELP that forges the linkage between ASEAN women entrepreneurs and already established companies,” AJC Secretary General Masataka Fujita said. Read more.