DTI asks for continued support of partners in empowering MSMEs

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CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga — Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) asked partners in the government and private sector to continue helping in empowering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

In his speech during the opening of the National MSME Summit 2018, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez asked the Department of the Interior and Local Government and local government units to continue jointly formulating with MSMEs in their area action plans that will improve the business climate.

On the finance side, we called on those agencies that could help draw up solutions to address MSMEs’ concerns in access to financing,” he added.

He also asked the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Information and Communications Technology, tech industries, industry associations, packaging experts and the academe to help in bringing technology and innovation closer.

“We also called on the youth, Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, our universities (and colleges) and civil society organizations to call on entrepreneurial Filipinos across ages and across industries,” Lopez furthered.

And lastly, he appealed to industry players, retailers, entrepreneurial associations, artists and services industries, and exporters association among to help MSMEs gain better access opportunities in the domestic and international markets.

“This is the result of our collective aspirations, the whole-of-government approach to policy and program development. This stems from our realization for the need to have a paradigm change, a mindset-change for our MSMEs and enablers to transform themselves to achieve our set goals,” Lopez added.