The implications of global trade’s economic and geopolitical dynamics to the Philippines – this was the resonating theme of the trade journalism workshop organized by the Hinrich Foundation on 18 October 2019.

Journalists from foreign and local news groups such as Al Jazeera, Asia Pacific Daily, Business World, and Rappler, and representatives from trade organizations such as Arangkada Philippines Project and Philippine Exporters Confederation (PhilExport) attended the half-day event.

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From L-R: Hinrich Foundation Program Director Alex Boome, Andrea Dabuet (PhilExport), Dinah Dimatulac-Castrence (PhilExport), Joan Cordero (Al Jazeera), Melo Acuna (Asia Pacific Daily), HF Research Fellow Steve Olson, Ralf Rivas (Rappler), Marifi Jara (Business World), Randall Garcia (Arangkada) and Edward Tan (PhilExport).

Two alumni from the first International Trade Training for Journalists in Asia organized by the Hinrich Foundation and the National Press Foundation (NPF) were invited to share relevant trade issues to the journalists present.

BusinessWorld Mindanao Bureau Chief, Marifi S. Jara, shared an interesting economic perspective on Mindanao with a special focus on its agricultural trade potential. She also shared the support needed to advance trade output from the region.

Another NPF fellow and Rappler’s business reporter, Ralf Rivas, presented the geopolitics of economic relations between China and the Philippines related to trade. He also discussed the political implications, benefits and risks of growing Chinese Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the country.

Hinrich Foundation’s Research Fellow and trade expert, Stephen Olson, shared the current state of international trade – its challenges and opportunities. He delved into the complexities of overall global trade dynamics as it relates to the Philippines.

The workshop concluded with a dynamic roundtable discussion among the speakers and participants.

About the author – Froland Tajale

Froland TajaleFroland Tajale is a scholar from the Philippines under the Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leadership Development Program. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in entrepreneurship and global marketing at Grenoble Ecole de Management and Hong Kong Baptist University. He is an advocate for open foreign policy and aspires to do intensive trade research and develop effective and efficient outward policies that will help unite economies.