Workshop Series 1 on APEC MSMEs Marketplace Utilization

October 30-31, 2019
Makati Diamond Residences, Manila, The Philippines


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

09:00 – 9:45

  • Registration, Welcoming coffee
Opening Session

10:00 – 10:15

【Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Jerry T. Clavesillas, Director, Bureau of SME Development Department of Trade and Industry (The Philippines)
  • Ms. Narmin Nagieva, Head of Department of digital technologies for business, Ministry of economic development of the Russian Federation (Russia)


  • Group Photo
Part I. Workshop on MSME marketplace and trading in Asia-Pacific region
Session I: Guide to exporting/importing in APEC through APEC MSME Marketplace

During this session, the platform will be introduced to the Key stakeholders. A walkthrough of the APEC MSME Marketplace in the way it can be useful for the key stakeholders: exporting/importing MSMEs and trade, export and MSME Agencies, will be provided. The frame for further discussion will be set. 

10:15 – 12:00

  • Moderator: Ms. Janette Toral (The Philippines)
  • Speakers:
    • Ms. Janette Toral (The Philippines) APEC MSME Marketplace functionality and content for introduction for MSMEs exporters/importers
    • Patrick Chua, Lead Staffer, ABAC Philippines (The Philippines)
    • Agnes Legaspi, Assistant Director, Export Marketing Bureau, DTI (The Philippines)
  • Q/A session

12:00 – 13:30

  • Lunch
Session II: Business matching and other useful opportunities at APEC MSME Marketplace

During this session, representatives from government-related and other organizations promoting mutual trade and investment between a particular APEC economy and the rest of the world, will present their existing opportunities for exporting/importing MSMEs and help MSMEs to navigate among these opportunities. Success cases from MSMEs that utilized proposed opportunities and succeeded in export/import activity will be shared during this session. 

13:30 – 15:00

  • Moderator: Ms. Janette Toral (The Philippines)
  • Speakers:
    • Ms. Maribeth Barros, Manila Consultant for HKTDC, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (Hong Kong, China)
    • Mr. Mohd Faizal Dolah, Ministry of Entrepreneur Development of Malaysia (Malaysia)
    • Mr. Wisnu Tri Baskoro, Head of Section for Foreign Trade, Marketing Services Agency for MSMEs (LLP-KUKM) (Indonesia)
    • Mr. Marco Labios, 1Export (The Philippines)
    • TBD

15:00 – 15:30

  • Coffee Break
Session III: What tools can be found at APEC MSME Marketplace? Where to find and how to use them?

Information on tools that are available for MSME exporters/importers will be shared.

15:30 – 16:30

  • Experts:
    • Ms. Janette Toral (The Philippines)
    • Mr. Boon Ho Toh, Deputy Director, Trade Enterprise Singapore (Singapore) Tools to Help MSME Exporters/Importers Enter Overseas Markets in APEC
    • Q/A session
  • Day 1 Closing

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Part II. Workshop on MSME Marketplace and Trading in Asia-Pacific region
Session I: Voice of MSMEs (panel discussion)

Feedback and recommendations from exporting/importing MSMEs on e-platforms.

Feedback and recommendations from exporting/importing MSMEs on e-platforms. During this session, MSMEs from different industries will share their feedback on the APEC and other e-platforms of that kind. We will discuss what export/import tasks can be covered by the platform. MSMEs will provide their recommendations on content and functionality of e-platforms. 

10:00 – 10:40

  • Moderator: Ms. Janette Toral (The Philippines)
  • Speakers:
    • Ilya Zimbitski (Russia)
    • Ms. Euis Rohaini (Indonesia)
    • Mr. Jesus Gonzalez Grana (Mexico)
    • Mr. Mohammad Hafidz Rohani (Malaysia)
    • Ms. Anh Dieu Nguye (Viet Nam)

10:40 – 11:00

  • Coffee Break


Collection of Workshop participants' recommendations about how to improve the APEC MSME Marketplace content and functionality

11:00 – 12:00

  • Moderator: Ms. Janette Toral (The Philippines)

A recap of previous sessions will be presented.

Work in groups.


  • Closing remarks

*Please note that this agenda is subject to change by the organizer.