PH elec­tron­ics in­dus­try play­ers to push for trade, in­vest­ments pro­mo­tion in Sil­i­con Val­ley

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THE Semi­con­duc­tor and Elec­tron­ics In­dus­tries in the Philip­pines Foun­da­tion Inc. (SEIPI), in part­ner­ship with the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try-Ex­port Mar­ket­ing Bureau (DTI-EMB), In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment and Trade Pol­icy Group (IDTPG), Philip­pine Trade and In­vest­ment Cen­ter (PTIC), as well as the Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST), will pro­mote the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Philip­pine elec­tron­ics in­dus­try play­ers through a mis­sion to the Sil­i­con Val­ley this Jan­uary 2019.

As the first uni­fied ap­proach for the gov­ern­ment, academe, and in­dus­try play­ers, the mis­sion breaks through the pro­mo­tion of the Philip­pines as a strong player in the global elec­tron­ics sup­ply chain. It also aims to help them spur new busi­ness leads, part­ner­ships for di­rect con­tracts, joint ven­tures, in­vest­ments, busi­ness ex­pan­sions, and ex­change of tech­nol­ogy.

“The mis­sion will take place in the same week as the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show (CES) in Las Ve­gas,” said SEIPI Pres­i­dent Dan Lachica. “It presents the del­e­ga­tion an op­por­tu­nity to net­work with key in­dus­try play­ers from around the world and be up­dated on tech­nol­ogy trends, in­no­va­tions, and sup­ply chain devel­op­ments of a va­ri­ety of global elec­tronic brands,” he added.

With strong re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) sup­port and part­ner­ship with Philip­pine aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions, SEIPI and the DTI are have been ac­tively cam­paign­ing to boost trade for the elec­tron­ics in­dus­try. The mis­sion is a part of the in­dus­try’s roadmap “Prod­uct and Tech­nol­ogy Holis­tic Strat­egy” or PATHS which iden­ti­fies niche prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies the Philip­pines should fo­cus on in the next five years.

Philip­pine com­pa­nies Fastech Ad­vanced Assem­bly, First Asia Ven­ture Cap­i­tal, In­te­grated Mi­croElec­tron­ics, Ion­ics EMS and Testech aim to de­velop busi­ness leads with key play­ers in Sil­i­con Val­ley through info-ses­sions and busi­ness match­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Apart from in­di­vid­ual client meet­ings, busi­ness fora, net­work­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, and com­pany vis­its, the mis­sion in­cludes in­no­va­tion cul­ture and sup­ply chain dis­cus­sions with global hard­ware line, which will be ac­com­pa­nied with in­dus­try com­pet­i­tive­ness strat­egy pitch from a global leader in semi­con­duc­tors, tech­nol­ogy ses­sion with ven­ture cap­i­tal firm, and meet­ing with the global head­quar­ters of a large in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion.

Mean­while, the DTI, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (STAC), and the Philip­pine Con­sulate in San Fran­cisco are eye­ing a net­work­ing night with Sil­i­con Val­ley-based start-up firms. Align­ing with its role to sup­port the coun­try’s ma­jor R&D ac­tiv­i­ties such as smart agri­cul­ture and re­new­able en­ergy, the DOST also co-ar­ranged a meet­ing with the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley to bench­mark in­dus­try-academe part­ner­ships that equip uni­ver­si­ties to be­come the re­search arms of in­dus­tries.

The del­e­ga­tion has also set a visit to the Mar- vell NanoFabri­ca­tion Lab and a meet­ing with global Filipino tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tor and 2018 Ra­mon V. Del Rosario Sr. awardee Dado Banatao. The said ac­tiv­i­ties aim to en­able Filipinos to gain in­sights in the de­vel­op­ment of the SEIPI Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter in the Philip­pines that will house the fu­ture IC De­sign Cen­ter, Lab-Scale Wafer Fab, and R&D Lab, which are pro­posed in the PATHS.

Funded by the DTI, the in­dus­try roadmap is ad­min­is­tered by the DOST-Philip­pine Coun­cil for In­dus­try, En­ergy and Emerg­ing Tech­nol­ogy Re­search and De­vel­op­ment. It is im­ple­mented by SEIPI through the Sil­i­con Val­ley mis­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to DTI-EMB Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Se­nen Per­lada, the mis­sion is pur­suant to the Philip­pine De­vel­op­ment Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 and the Philip­pine Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022.

“It aims to meet the PDP ob­jec­tives and ex­port tar­gets by im­prov­ing the over­all cli­mate for ex­port de­vel­op­ment, ex­ploit­ing ex­ist­ing prospec­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties from trad­ing ar­range­ments, and de­sign­ing com­pre­hen­sive sup­port for se­lected prod­ucts and ser­vices sec­tors, among oth­ers,” he said.

The semi­con­duc­tor and elec­tron­ics in­dus­try re­mains as the Philip­pines’ top ex­porter to­day. In 2017, the coun­try’s elec­tron­ics ex­ports posted dou­ble-digit growth of 11.16 per­cent to reach $32.7 bil­lion—the high­est in the in­dus­try’s his­tory. The United States also ranked as the Philip­pines’ third mar­ket in 2017 with a com­pound an­nual growth rate of 10 per­cent from 2013-2017, which is val­ued at $4.39 bil­lion.

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