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TRADE RELATED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT 3 A project supported by the European Union

What is TRTA 3? The Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) 3 project is the continuation and expansion of the European Union assistance to the Philippines to promote trade and investment for further economic development, inclusive growth and poverty reduction. TRTA 3 aims to support the Philippines’ integration into the international and regional trading and investment system through an integrated approach encompassing policy and legislative reforms, procedural and technical improvements as well as capacity development. Formally launched on 28 June 2013 for implementation until 2016, TRTA 3 was preceded by TRTA 2 between 2008 and 2012 and TRTA 1 from 2005 to 2008. The European Union provides PHP 453 million (EUR 8 million) for TRTA 3 bringing the total of its trade-related assistance since 2005 to PHP 1.019 billion (EUR 18 million): TRTA 1 (2005 – 2008): € 3,500,000 TRTA 2 (2008 – 2012): € 6,500,000 TRTA 3 (2013 – 2016): € 8,000,000 The Philippine Government undertakes to deliver in-kind contribution throughout the project implementation period.

What are the expected results of TRTA 3? TRTA 3 has six interlinked components that will contribute to the following results with the expected impact of a continued increase in exports as a building block for job creation and poverty reduction: • The Philippines International Trade Strategy and several industry roadmaps are successfully implemented leading notably to an increase of 10% in the utilization rate of Free Trade Agreements (FTA); • The competition policy is successfully implemented through regulatory reforms and the use of new tools and techniques to analyze competition behaviors; • A National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) strategy is successfully developed and implemented resulting to an easier access to increased services (by 10%) provided by individual organizations including metrology, standardization, testing, certification and accreditation; • Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) management and control systems as well as producers themselves meet international requirements in order to have access to foreign markets; • The revised Kyoto Convention is implemented and the National Single Window is upgraded to

facilitate trade by reducing clearing time by 30% on average and import/export permit application processes to 6 hours; and, • The capacity of business associations is strengthened and urgent trade problems are solved through the provision of on demand technical assistance.

Who are the implementing agencies of the TRTA 3 components? The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) is the coordinating agency that will be responsible for the administrative and financial management on behalf of the Philippine Government. The other stakeholders of the project and their respective roles in its components are the following: Components

Focal Agencies

I. Trade Policy Development

Department of Trade & Industry (DTI)

II. Competition Policy Development

Department of Justice (DoJ) Office for Competition

III. National Quality Infrastructure

DTI Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) and Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO)

IV. Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Conformity

Department of Agriculture (DA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

V. Trade Facilitation

Bureau of Customs (BOC)

A Technical Assistance Team (TAT) of long-term experts has been formed to assist the Philippine Government in the implementation of TRTA 3 and provide high-level and global expertise in relation to the different components. Components

Key Experts

I. Trade Policy Development

Dr. Florian Alburo

II. Competition Policy Development

Atty. Andrea Gagliardi

III. National Quality Infrastructure

Mr. Jon Echanove Linaza

IV. Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Conformity

Dr. Willem Marsman

V. Trade Facilitation

Ms. Ma. Fe Esperanza Madamba

Short-term expertise is also available as needs arise.

What is TRTA 3 building upon? The project builds upon some key achievements of its predecessor phases which notably include: • A greater ability to negotiate: Through a twopart training module on Trade Policy Analysis, 50 career officers (senior, intermediate, and junior

of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources helped fish products pass the EU inspection enabling increased fish exports to the EU 500 million consumers market.

government officials) from government agencies involved in trade-related matters were equipped with a deeper knowledge and better understanding of trade policy analysis relevant to negotiate Free Trade Agreements.

A better standardization system to tap export markets: over 230 international standards in the field of electronics were adopted as Philippine standards, following consultations with industry groups.

A Blueprint for improved food safety: Expert assistance helped draft a Food Safety Act which has been submitted to the Department of Agriculture and has been submitted the House of Representatives.

Accreditations of PH laboratories to international standards: training and mentoring contributed to the accreditation of the first five medical laboratories to the international standard ISO 15189. This can also be seen as a boost to Philippines efforts to become a top medical tourism destination.

Lower costs and a more efficient and effective cargo transit system: support was provided to enable the Bureau of Customs develop a GPSenabled transit system saving an estimated 50% of costs for industry and increasing security.

A National Single Window to ease imports/ exports: support was provided to connect the 40 relevant agencies through the National Single Window which so far connects 37 of them resulting notably in a reduction from 3-5 days to 1.5-2 days for the issuance of import licenses.

Greater access to EU market for PH fish exports: training and mentoring to strengthen the food safety and inspection system at the Bureau


Project Steering Committee


Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

Department of Trade and Industry

Daily Management

Imprest Accounting Officer

Implementing Government Agencies (in TWG)

Imprest Administrator Technical Assistance Team Project Management Office


Trade and Industry Accreditation

TRTA 3 PROJECT STEERING COMMITTEE Undersecretary Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr. Chair Department of Trade & Industry 3F DTI International Building 375 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City 1200 Tel. Nos.: +632 890-4898/890-4891 Telefax. No.: +632 895-3993

Sectoral Regulators

Farmers’ Cooperatives

Exporters and Importers

TRTA 3 PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE Director Lydia R. Guevarra Imprest Administrator Department of Trade & Industry 4/F Board of Investments (BOI) Bldg. 385 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City Tel. Nos.: +632 751-0384 and 976-5700 local 5317 Fax. No.: +632 976-5712

A Primer on Trade Related Technical Assistance Project 3 (TRTA 3)  
A Primer on Trade Related Technical Assistance Project 3 (TRTA 3)