Commercial printers, allied players to draw up AEC road map

press onPlayers and stakeholders in the printing industry will get together this month to share insights and experiences and collectively draw up a road map for the next 10 to 15 years to guide them in facing the challenges and opportunities brought about by the upcoming ASEAN Economic Cooperation (AEC).

Organized by the Philippine Printing Technical Foundation (PPTF) in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the UP Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI), the PRESS ON Forum will be held on June 25 at the UP ISSI Building, UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City.

Invited to attend the forum are representatives from the printing and allied industries, which include general commercial printing, book publishing, packaging, labels, signs and display, security printing, paper industries, quickprint and pod, printing consumables, printing machineries, and color management.

PRESS ON is for players in the industry wanting to: (1) know how prepared they are for the integrated ASEAN market, (2) assess their products and services’ readiness to compete with counterparts in other ASEAN countries, and (3) find out how to access  assistance from business development agencies to improve their competitiveness.

PRESS ON assumes that AEC will benefit all of the ASEAN, according to Maldwyn de Pano, PTFI trustee. “However, the benefits to the Philippines and the local printing and allied industries in particular will depend on how prepared our companies are for the changes ahead.”

PRESS ON will educate industry players on what the AEC is all about  and how to respond individually as a company and collectively as an industry.

The forum will feature presentations from DTI, UP ISSI, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as well as a sharing of insights by experienced industry practitioners.

It will culminate in action planning by industry players, with coaching from UP ISSI, DTI and TESDA specialists.

Those interested to attend the forum may call 713 0902 and 713 2671 or email pptf1967@gmail.com.

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