Wednesday, 28 April 2010

RP mounts biggest expo participation

By BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT
Manila Bulletin
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/254840/rp-mounts-biggest-expo-participation

The Philippines will mount the country’s first biggest participation in an overseas exposition to be held in Shanghai, China from May to October this year as part of the government’s drive to boost the country’s products and services.

Trade and Industry Secretary Jesli A. Lapus said the country’s participation to the World Expo in Shanghai will not be limited to merchandize items but also on urban development and new approaches to creating eco-friendly society, lifestyle and working conditions in the 21st century following the show’s theme of “Better City, Better Life.”

A total of 30 Filipino enterprises are joining the event from the urban planning sector led by Palafox Associates, Chemrez Technologies from the industrial goods sector and 30 other exhibitors from the gifts and housewares, food, health and wellness, mining, information technology, creative industries, furniture and furnishings, education services and tourism.

“This will be the biggest Philippine participation in an overseas expo. China is a vital partner for the Philippines and we view the Philippine participation as an excellent trade opportunity to demonstrate what our SMEs exporters and entrepreneurs can offer the world market,” said Lapus.

“We will show the world how Filipinos can build cities using eco-friendly materials that had been in the country for many years,” said Arch. Jun Palafox. Founder and managing director of Palafox Associates, a multi-disciplinary firms of architects, interior designers, engineers and urban planners with a clientele from more than 30 countries.

Lapus said that over 100 countries and 50 international organizations are attending the expo, which has an expected 70 million visitors from China and 200 international exhibitors.

“The Philippine participation is part of the government’s drive to further enhance the promotion of Philippine products and services while also sustaining the country’s presence in the world market,” said Lapus.

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