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