As the Philippines and the global community gradually rise from the unprecedented effects brought about by COVID-19, the government, together with the support of the business community, continuously works to restore the strength of the local industries, promote trade and investment and all in all mitigate the economic impacts of the pandemic.
We invite you to join us for a webinar entitled “REBUILD PH: Revitalizing Businesses, Investments, Livelihoods and Domestic Demand” this 3 August 2020 at 3:00 PM as we navigate the reopening of the economy and how we can work together to help the country recover.
We have invited the Sec. Ramon Lopez, Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry to discuss in-depth government initiatives, policies, and programmes that will further increase trade and investment despite all the challenges.
This webinar is organized by the British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, in a joint effort with CCI-France Philippines, the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.
Event DetailsLocation: ZoomDate: August 3, 2020Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Admission FeesMember Fee: FreeGuest Fee: 500 PHP
Ramon M. Lopez
Secretary at Department of Trade and Industry
Ramon M. Lopez is the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). His extensive government experience with the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), DTI, and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in the early part of his career provided him with a solid background on macroeconomic and industry development that allowed him to adopt a more holistic trade approach when he moved to the private sector and became a top executive of a major Philippine food and beverage company for over 23 years.
As a strong advocate for free entrepreneurship education for 12 years, he was called to serve the country again under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration as the DTI Secretary. He chairs several institutions under DTI such as the Board of Investments (BOI), the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.), and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).
He has received several awards such as: the Honorary Agora in Nation Building Award in 2018; the 2016 Nation Builders Award for Government Service for his role as prime mover in Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development; and the Philippine Innovation Man of the Year Award in 2017 for the promotion of social entrepreneurship through innovation. In 2018, he received from President Duterte the Order of Sikatuna, with a rank of Datu, one of the senior honors one can receive in the Philippines.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines and topped his Master’s Degree in Development Economics at Williams College, Massachusetts.
The authority and responsibility for the exercise of the DTI mandate is vested in the Secretary who, like his predecessors, is a Presidential appointee who serves office at the pleasure of the President.
The Secretary, as the DTI Department head, has the authority and responsibility for the discharge of DTI powers and functions.
Specifically, his functions are:
• To advise the President of the Philippines on matters related to trade and investments, and industry, and on the promulgation of Department orders, rules and regulations, and other issuances related to trade, industry, and investments
• To establish policies and standards for the effective, efficient, and economical operations of the Department in accordance with government programs
• To supervise and control all offices, functions, and activities of the Department
• To delegate authority for the performance of any administrative or substantive function to any Undersecretary or other officials of rank at the Department
• To ensure the clear delineation of the functions of personnel and constituent units of the Department, including its attached agencies to prevent task duplication or overlapping