RP to host Schwarzenegger-led US delegation

Written by Max V. de Leon / Reporter


Philippines is scheduled to host a US business delegation to be led by
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in February as part of the
government’s marketing efforts to expand the market of Philippine
exporters and industries.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced that the
actor-turned-politician will be tagging along 150 to 200 businessmen
from San Francisco to discuss possible partnership deals with local
industries in the second week of February.

The main agenda of the delegation is green-energy technology.

DTI’s Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP) said the San Francisco
delegation is the first of several inbound business-matching sessions
to be hosted by the Philippines next year for foreign trade and
investment missions.

There will
also be visitors from Canada to discuss possible partnerships with
local firms in the fields of medical tourism, education, import/export,
information technology  (IT), and banking and finance.?

delegations that are scheduled to come here are those from Seattle and
Silicon Valley for IT, Taiwan for diagnostic, Northern China for coco
oil, and Portland for food products.

government will also bring local exporters to about 20 countries next
year for similar prearranged business-matching sessions with foreign

“For 2010, BETP intends
to conduct 23 Outbound Business Matchings [OBMs] to cover processed
food, auto parts, fine jewelry, furniture, houseware, wellness
services, construction services, content for film and television,
natural and organic products, and personal-care products,” the DTI said
in a statement.

destinations for Filipino exporters are Macau (processed food/marine
products), Japan (processed food), India (snack food), Korea (marine
products), Malaysia (Halal food), Taipei (food and auto parts), Italy
(ethnic food), United States (processed/fresh food/wellness services),
Middle East (processed food), Thailand (auto parts), China (furniture),
Brazil (housewares), Guam (construction services/materials), Indonesia
(content for film), Korea (natural and organic products), Italy
(natural and organic products) and Southeast Asia (personal-care

The DTI said
exporters that are interested in participating in these
business-matching programs for 2010 may contact BETP through  (02)890-1200. These meetings are prearranged to ensure a higher success of fit between exporters and buyers, the DTI said.