SME (Small & Medium Enterprises)

The SME Committee was formed in November 2013 following the request of our members to establish an exchange platform for German SMEs in the Philippines. The Committee is inviting interested members of GPCCI to be part of this latest working group that seeks to address issues and concerns of German companies which are already doing business in the Philippines and those which are interested to enter the Philippine market. 

Mission and Vision

Our VISION: To establish a platform and network that will enhance market access and increase business opportunities for German SMEs in the Philippines.

Our MISSION: We support German SMEs which are already doing business in the Philippines and those who want to establish their business in the country:

  • by delivering information and advice on critical issues about establishing and developing business in the Philippines;
  • by providing opportunities where questions and concerns about challenges in doing business in the Philippines can be openly raised and discussed;
  • by acting as an interlocutor with relevant Government agencies, private institutions and associations on behalf of the German SMEs in the Philippines.

The Committee meetings provide an excellent opportunity for companies to exchange information, share experiences and learn from those who have gone through unique situations and challenges in doing business in the Philippines.

The Committee is also organizing information sessions with experts who provide advice on specific topics such as legal questions, taxation, unfair competition, intellectual property rights, among others. The Expert Session is envisioned to be a regular activity of the Committee that serves as an important platform for GPCCI Members where business concerns and issues can be discussed. 

We encourage all SME members of GPCCI to join the Committee that has already formed sub-committees, such as

  • Legal and Taxes
  • Financing
  • Recruitment, Employment and Training

Past SME Events

SME Committee Meeting April 2015: “Opportunities for German Investors in PEZA”

04/28/2015

SME Committee Meeting April 2015: “Opportunities for German Investors in PEZA”

It was our pleasure to welcome Mr. Elmer San Pascual, Group Manager, Promotions and Public Relations of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) as an expert on “Opportunities for German Investors in PEZA” for the SME-Committee meeting of April 28th 2015.

The investment agency PEZA attached to the DTI offers German companies a unique investment opportunity with different incentives. Mr. San Pascual presented 20 years of PEZA performance of excellence as a corrupt-free one-stop-shop promoting the country as an attractive investment location. With 16 zones in 1994, PEZA supervises 321 zones as of February 2015. The Aquino administration led to important reforms improving the business climate; PEZA statistics show that 40% of all investments made in PEZA zones were during the current President’s term. 39 German companies are currently enjoying a competitive and ecologically sustainable business environment and the number is growing.

Background: The Expert Session is an event format of the SME Committee, where resource speakers are invited to share a particular topic relevant to SMEs. The committee’s bi-monthly meetings provide a platform for a vivid exchange of experiences and information about conducting business in the country and discussions on advocacy matters. Do you want to join the next session? Email Ms. Camille Somera for more information: camille.somera(at)gpcci.org

SME Committee Meeting February 2015: “Meralco’s Franchise Power Outlook and How SMEs can gain competitiveness

02/10/2015

SME Committee Meeting February 2015: “Meralco’s Franchise Power Outlook and How SMEs can gain competitiveness

The first SME Committee – Expert Session and Regular Meeting for 2015 was held on February 10, 2015. The guest speaker was Mr. Jose Rainer Reyes, Head of the SME Business Group of Meralco, who was joined by two support staff discussing “Meralco’s Franchise Power Outlook and How SMEs can gain competitiveness in 2015 and beyond”.

The presentation of Mr. Reyes has been received with much interest by the SME members. They were eager to know more about the electricity billing system and the present woes of shortages, and valued his input on the structure of power generation, distribution and utility, the strong market orientation approach of MERALCO, and not least the emphasis of supporting and empowering the SME-clients of MERALCO through its program of maximizing their profit by adopting MERALCO-sanctioned measures.

The expert session was concluded with a plaque of appreciation handed to the speaker by Mr. Arthur Gamilla, the SME Committee Chairman and GPPCCI Board of Director, and Mr. Peter Kompalla, the GPCCI Executive Director.

The regular meeting followed with the agenda, wherein such issues as the port congestion were tackled. The committee noted that the congestion has somehow eased but sharing their respective first hand experiences, the committee members agreed that there are fundamental flaws in the system that need to be addressed. Development impulses such as the creation of an economic zone for SMEs were discussed.

The committee also looked forward at reaching out to local chambers of commerce and industry in the Visayas and Mindanao and to build-up network linkages in support of SME advocacies.

4th SME Committee’s Expert Session: DTI

12/02/2014

4th SME Committee’s Expert Session: DTI

Officer-in-Charge and Director, Jerry T. Clavesillas of DTI’s Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprises Development (BSMED) was GPCCI’s latest resource person for the regularly held SME Expert Sessions. He presented the Bureau’s program and activities geared towards helping Small and Medium Enterprises in the Philippines to become stronger and more competitive.

The country’s SMEs together depict 10% of all registered businesses and deploy around 35% (NSO 2014). In contrast, the majority of enterprises in Germany belong to the classification SME with around 60% deployed, and is often referred to as the back bone or motor of Germany’s economy and innovation (IFM Bonn 2015).

DTI’s program scope also includes Micro Enterprises which build the vast majority of enterprises in the Philippines. The program’s main objectives are a 40% increase in GDP contribution by the MSME (Micros Small and Medium Enterprises) sector, and at least two million new jobs generated by the sector till 2016. Therefore, different activities were initiated to enhance the four defined working areas, namely, Business-Enabling Environment, Access to Finance, Access to Markets and Productivity and Efficiency.

We are looking forward to a closer cooperation and exchange between BSMED and GPCCI’s SME Committee in future and are happy to keep you updated on any further developments.

Background: The Expert Session is an event format of the SME Committee, where resource speakers are invited to share a particular topic relevant to SMEs. The committee’s bi-monthly meetings provide a platform for a vivid exchange of experiences and information about conducting business in the country and discussions on advocacy matters.

SME Committee welcomes new Chairman

11/13/2014

SME Committee welcomes new Chairman

GPCCI SME Committee welcomes new Chairman

During the regular meeting of the SME Committee on October 14, members welcomed Art Gamilla as its new Chairman, taking over the position from Silke Klausen who is now attending to more responsibilities outside the Philippines under ThyssenKrupp AG.

Mr. Gamilla also serves as Director in the GPCCI Board and has been actively participating in the SME Committee since its establishment. In his private capacity, Mr. Gamilla manages the operation of KK Food Trading Co. Ltd., a company engaged in the import-export of various food products from Germany to the Philippines, and vice versa.

Contact

Camille Somera

Officer Trade Promotion, DEinternational

+63 (0) 2 519 8110 ext. 814

+63 (0) 2 310 3656

camille.somera(at)gpcci.org