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Philippines Department of Trade targets $118m in trade deals at exhibition

Philippines Department of Trade targets $118m in trade deals at exhibition

MANILA: The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (Citem) said it is aiming to attract 770 exhibitors and total export sales of $118.61 million for this year’s edition of the International Food Exhibition (Ifex) in the Philippines.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the event plans to increase exports and grow market reach in the Asean region.

“As partners for change in engaging the world, Citem envisions the upcoming Ifex Philippines 2017 as a cuisine compass for international food-industry players and market buyers that want to source premium food and ingredients in Southeast Asia, particularly in the Philippines,” Citem Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos said in a statement.

With the theme “Taste Asean,” Ifex Philippines will showcase the region’s unique tropical fruits, vegetables, fresh and other food products that contribute to a vibrant food scene in global market.

Citem said it has tapped the embassies and leading companies from Asean countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, to participate in Ifex Philippines under its “International Hall”. Exhibitors from China, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey have also confirmed their participation in the hall.