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How can countries formulate policies and programs that enable firms to upgrade and move up in a value chain? This is a question many policymakers are grappling with in the quest to improve national competitiveness. USAID/Philippines commissioned the Duke GVC Center to undertake studies for the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry Board of Investments in support of the country’s new industry development policies. The objective was to understand the participation of the Philippines in various value chains. The first project focused on manufacturing GVCs and included aerospace, automotive, chemicals, electronics & electrical, paper and shipbuilding. The second focused on agricultural industries and examined the coffee, cocoa, rubber, mango sectors. The ultimate goal was to provide a set of recommendations to the government of the Philippines to enhance the participation and upgrading in the industries selected.

The studies were presented at a public forum on June 2, 2016 at the Makati Diamond Residences in Makati City and garnered significant press visibility. The studies highlighted strong progress the Philippines has made to engage in manufacturing GVCs on multiple fronts: public-private coordination; a growing and quick-learning workforce; and efficient export processing zones, among others. These elements have laid the foundation for improving competitiveness. Photos from the event can be accessed at the following link.

The research was commissioned by the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI), which is the industry development and investment promotion arm of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), and sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, through the Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation program (STRIDE); with additional support of the USAID Advancing Philippine Competitiveness Project (COMPETE). The contents are the responsibility of the Duke GVC Center and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

The Philippines in the Rubber GVC

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The Philippines in the Coffee GVC

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The Philippines in the Mango GVC

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The Philippines in the Cocoa-Chocolate GVC

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The Philippines in Manufacturing Global Value Chains: An Introduction

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The Philippines in the Aerospace Global Value Chain

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The Philippines in the Automotive Global Value Chain

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The Philippines in the Chemical Global Value Chain

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The Philippines in the Electronics and Electrical Global Value Chain

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The Philippines in the Paper Global Value Chain

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The Philippines in the Shipbuilding Global Value Chain

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