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ARISE Plus Philippines is a trade-related technical assistance project contributing to the implementation of the EU Regional Multiannual Indicative Programme (MIP) Asia 2014-2020, which is the main framework for EU regional cooperation in Asia.
The project is part of the ASEAN Regional Integration Support by the EU (ARISE). ARISE Plus is closely aligned with the five pillars of the ASEAN economic community (AEC) Blueprint 2025.
The EUR 5.8 million ARISE Plus Philippines project is fully funded by the European Union (EU).
Government of the Philippines
The Government of the Philippines is in the lead for this project. The project has been designed and will be implemented jointly with the Government of the Philippines, in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
A Steering Committee co-chaired by the DTI and the EU Delegation to the Philippines will ensure the overall project governance.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the only United Nations development agency fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of SMEs. ITC enables SMEs in developing and transition economies to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment, thus raising incomes and creating job opportunities, especially for women, young people and poor communities. Established in 1964, ITC is the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.
ITC is the implementing agency of the ARISE Plus Philippines Project.