In line with the upcoming ASEAN integration in 2015 and what it holds for future designers, a seminar on trade liberalization and economic integration on the professional service was held yesterday at CAFA Theater, Talamban Campus.

Organizing the Free Trade Agreements (FTA) Information Campaign seminar was The Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID) – Cebu Chapter, in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The resource speakers were Ms. Maria Teresa S. Loring, OIC, International Services Division, Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) of the DTI; Ms. Glenda T. Reyes, Component Lead-Trade and Investment Policy of Deloitte Consulting LLP; and Hon. Angeline T. Chua Chiaco, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Commissioner.

Ms. Loring gave an overview on the changing trade patterns of the global economy, one of which is the evolution of export—along with goods, exporting services has gained prevalence from tourism to the creative industries, especially with booming regional construction. The continued growth of the 600-million strong Southeast Asian market prompted the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2010, which envisions a stable, prosperous and highly competitive economic region.

In Ms. Glenda T. Reyes’ segment on the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) and Awareness on the Effects and Implications of the AEC on Professional Services, she reiterated the beginnings and purpose of ASEAN, and its role in strengthening regional ties to create a foreign investment-friendly production network.

Towards the end of the talk was Hon. Chua Chiaco’s Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) on Professional Services, where she highlighted the career options of architects and interior designers from ASEAN countries working within the region. In the ASEAN, the aim is to collaborate in producing competent, competitive workers ready to take on the globalized world.

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