ARISE Plus Philippines is a 4-year project, funded by the European Union (EU) and worth EUR 5.8 million. The project started on 1 March 2021. It aims to foster inclusive economic growth in the Philippines through improved international trade performance and competitiveness as well as economic integration. The project is aligned and contributing to the Philippines Development Plan 2017-22, the Philippines Export Development Plan 2018-22, the Inclusive Innovation Industrial Strategy, and the Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSME) Development Plan 2017-22, all feeding into the 25 Year AmBisyon Natin 2040, the country’s long term development plan.
ARISE Plus Philippines will focus as a priority on enabling the Philippines to take advantage of EU market access and of the trade privileges granted under the Generalized System of Preference (GSP+) as well as support the overall EU-Philippines trade relationship and trade-related policies.
The project aims to facilitate the identification and leveraging of export priorities, support the set-up of a National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) as well as internationally aligned quality management and control systems for exported food products, and strengthen institutional and private sector capacities on trade facilitation for the implementation of national legislation and international trade commitments. It supports greater economic integration between the Philippines and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, in line with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025. It also contributes to the effective participation in the multilateral trading system through better understanding and leveraging of existing Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).
These priority areas of support were identified with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Filipino stakeholders to improve the competitiveness of trade-oriented sectors and maximize their export potential. They are also relevant to support the Philippines in managing the economic and trade impact of COVID-19
Ultimate project beneficiaries include Filipino MSMEs, which will benefit from improved business environment, policies and processes to increase their competitiveness. The project aims to positively impact export-oriented sectors and contribute to addressing disadvantages faced more intensely by women and youth-owned businesses.