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Newsletter 03/27/14
Issue308 Vol.14 Number03
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OUR FEATURED COUNTRY: Philippines
On March 21, the United States and the Philippines concluded a two-day meeting on trade and investment. Following this meeting, Manila and Washington have agreed to improve the overall coordination of their commercial policies.

Since 1989, the U.S. and the Philippines have been linked by a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). In 2013, the U.S. exported $8.4 billion USD in goods (+4.2% compared to 2012), while imports from the U.S. where at $9.2 billion USD (+4.8% compared to 2012). In 2012, the U.S. was the second largest consumer of goods from Philippines (14.2% of total exports) and their number one supplier (11.6% of total imports). That same year, U.S. investment in the Philippines totaled $5 billion USD mainly in the manufacturing sector.

At the meetings, the Philippine delegation addressed issue of the agricultural trade, in particular, exports of rice, meat and industrial textile which are looking for greater access to the American market. For their part, the United States recognized the efforts of the Philippine government to strengthen its intellectual property regime and the rights of workers. At the multilateral level, the Philippines expressed their ambition to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, currently being negotiated between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. As for the United States, they have agreed to intensify their cooperation with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), the next summit will be held in Manila, the next year.

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MORE USEFUL LINKS ON PHILIPPINES

Doing business with Philippines:
> Doing Business in Philippines: 2013 Country Commercial Guide
> Embassy of the United States in Philippines
> U.S.-ASEAN Business Council
> Ease of Doing Business in Philippines
> American Association of the Philippines

More information about country relations between U.S. and Philippines:
> The US-Philippines Trade Facts
> Trade in Goods with Philippines
> American Chamber of Commerce in Philippines
> The U.S. Commercial Service in Philippines
> The U.S.-Philippines Relations

MARKET STUDIES
The tourist accommodation and food services sector in Philippines

Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) - Accomodation and Food Service Activities : Final Results
MORE MARKET STUDIES ON PHILIPPINES

> Growth in automobile sector in Philippines
> Cosmectics and Toiletries Market Overview
> The mobile and tablet market in Southeast Asia
> The information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Philippines
> Growth in construction sector in the Philippines
> The railway sector in the Philippines
> Information about arts, entertainment and recreation industry in Philippines
> Development of transport infrastructure in Philippines

TRADESHOWS & EVENTS
POWER & ELECTRICITY WORLD PHILIPPINES 2014

Power & Electricity World Philippines is dedicated to investment, development and partnership for the power, energy and utility in Philippines. It will take place from 18th to 19th June 2014.
MORE TRADESHOWS & EVENTS IN PHILIPPINES

> AFEX (ASIA FOOD EXPO)
> PHILTRONICS 2014
> PHILCONSTRUCT 2014
> GLASSTECH ASIA 2014
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BUSINESS PUBLICATIONS
Inquirer Business

The Philippine Daily Inquirer is undeniably the country’s most credible and influential newspaper. With over 2.7 million nationwide readers daily, it enjoys a market share of over 50% and tops the readership surveys.
MORE BUSINESS PUBLICATIONS ON PHILIPPINES

> Manilla Bulletin
> Doing e-Business in... Philippines
> ExecutivePlanet.Com - Philippines
> The Manilla Times

BUSINESS DIRECTORIES AND TRADE INFORMATION
Entrepreneur Philippines

Entrepreneur Philippines is the extensive resource for both aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in starting and expanding their businesses. It contains expert business advice and know-how to help each entrepreneur succeed in business.
MORE BUSINESS DIRECTORIES IN PHILIPPINES

> Tanikalang Ginto
> SME Community Philippines
> Yalwa Philippines
> Yellow Pages Philippines

FIND QUALIFIED SERVICE PROVIDERS
Serica Trade

Serica Trade is an international sourcing and sales agent. We connect buyers and suppliers across regions. Our team of over 60 industry specialists is split into the following groups: Consumer Goods, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Government, ICT and Industrials.
MORE SERVICES PROVIDERS IN PHILIPPINES

> Pacific Strategies & Assessments an expert in Business Intelligence in the Philippines
> MicroSourcing an expert in Process Outsourcing in the Philippines
> Soonest Global Express Corporation an expert in Freight Forwarder in the Philippines
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