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About the Project

  • The ARISE Plus Philippines project is funded by the European Union (EU). The project started in March 2021 with a budget of EUR 5.8 million. The project is implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in collaboration with the Government of the Philippines.

    Project objective

    Foster inclusive economic growth in the Philippines through improved international trade performance and competitiveness as well as economic integration

    Expected Results

    Improved export market access

    Output 1: Government and private operators are better able to identify and implement export priorities

    Incomplete utilization rates of preferential trade schemes, such as the Generalized System of Preference+ (GSP+) prevent Philippine MSMEs from realizing their export potential. The project will provide the Filipino private sector with market intelligence, training and coaching to increase awareness of export opportunities, and to establish new market linkages, focusing on the EU-GSP+ market. Support will also be provided for industrial and investment policy design and implementation to improve global value chains participation.

    The project aims to:

    • Inform private stakeholders, in particular MSMEs on global trade opportunities (GSP+ and FTAs)
    • Provide technical and marketing support to priority sectors under the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP), including to MSMEs at firm or industry level
    • Provide targeted support to address critical gaps hindering participation in global value chains for priority products or industries, through linkages with EU industry, especially concerning inclusive innovation and the entrepreneurship ecosystem

    Increased export competitiveness

    Output 2: A National Quality Infrastructure that promotes export competitiveness is in place

    A well-functioning quality infrastructure system is an integral part of an enabling environment for effective participation in international trade. The project will thus support the development of a NQI for the Philippines and the improvement of capacities to set, manage and enforce standards, which will contribute to increased competitiveness of Filipino exports.

    The project aims to:

    • Support the review and/or drafting of the NQI law and ancillary regulations.
    • Build the capacities of export-oriented operators and NQI bodies

    Improved quality of exported food products

    Output 3: Quality management and control systems for exported food products are better aligned with international best practices

    The ability to meet national and international technical regulatory requirements, quality and safety standards is key for expanding market linkages in the food sector. The project will therefore support the set-up and operationalization of efficient mechanisms, increasing overall trust in Filipino products and food industry, particularly in export markets such as the EU.

    The project aims to:

    • Provide technical training for export-oriented operators along the value chain on food safety best practices and international standards
    • Support capacity-building of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Agriculture (DA) and attached agencies/bureaus to act as Competent Authority for food exports to the EU. This will include supporting the implementation of a Rapid Alert System (PhilRASFF) for the Philippines.

    Improved trade facilitation procedures and connectivity to international markets

    Output 4: Strengthened trade facilitation capacity to implement the Customs Modernisation and Tariffs Act (CMTA) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement

    With the entry into force of the CMTA and the ratification of the WTO TFA in 2016, the Philippines showed its commitment towards more efficient administration of customs for improved international trade. The project will work with the competent authorities to support the effective engagement and improved connectivity of Filipino MSMEs in the ASEAN and international markets in a cost-effective manner.

    The project aims to:

    • Support the readiness of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to comply with existing international commitments and new or evolving requirements
    • Sensitise economic operators and external stakeholders on new business processes and rules

    Increased awareness on EU-Philippines partnership

    Output 5: Achievements of the EU-Philippines Partnership are monitored and advertised widely to the Philippine public.

    The partnership and its results will be widely advertised to the public to promote and facilitate the successful implementation of project activities. The sharing of experiences by Filipino companies successfully exporting to the EU should encourage other SMEs to explore new market opportunities and benefit from GSP+.

    The project aims to:

    • Promote success stories to non-specialists
    • Organise EU-Philippines conferences on trending trade topic


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