Riding the Global Wave of Change

The 5th AVID Thought Leadership Forum. “GLOBALL: To get there together.
Linking industries in a value chain world

Manila, Philippines. The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) presents the 5th AVID Thought Leadership Forum (TLF) on April 8, 2016, Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Amorsolo and Hidalgo Halls of the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Working together for the overall betterment of the industry and the country's economy, AVID and its partners in the public and private sectors aims to advance Philippine business, with special interest in driving the competitiveness of the local auto industry.

With the tag line, "Enabling Ideas, Engaging Partnerships," the TLF is AVID’s premier platform for industry stakeholders to engage in dialogue on critical issues that affect the future of the industry and the economy.

For this year, the TLF brings together an international roster of industry leaders and experts for a global conversation on the phenomenon of the Global Value Chains (GVCs).

The GVC pertains to activities across nations and regions, comprising the full range of activities required to bring a product or service from its conception to the end-user. These activities include design, raw materials sourcing, assembly, marketing, and distribution, and implicate multiple policy areas, such as trade policy concerns, investment policy, and a broad range of public policy-driven non-tariff measures that affect goods and services.

GVCs are proven to foster increased competitiveness and inclusive growth worldwide.

The Forum sessions will cover the concept, landscape and experiences of GVCs.

Session 1 will have Dr. Ben Shepherd, Founder of Developing Trade Consultants USA tackling “The Globalization of Value chains: Lessons from Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Session 2 will zoom in on the GVC landscape of the ASEAN. Invited to talk about “Regional Value Chains, SMEs and Trade Slowdown” is Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja, Advisor for Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

For the same session, Dr. Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist of the Economic Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), will expound on the ASEAN's timely response to GVCs in the context of trade and investment policies.

The final session will zero in on the Philippine context, specifically strategies, opportunities and challenges, with Department of Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba’s presentation, "The Automotive GVC: Decoding Opportunities for the Philippines.”

According to AVID President, Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, “On our fifth year, we purposely give a global flavor to the AVID TLF, against our increasingly integrated regional and global business landscape. We aim to extend to a broader audience our advocacy for the development of the Philippine automotive industry while upholding consumer welfare, and to concretize our involvement in the global automotive conversation.”

For more information, contact the AVID secretariat at tel. +632 813 6788-89; Fax: +632 893 4012; Email: secretariat@avid-inc.com.ph
(M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

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