February 20, 2018
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is holding its first pitch event for Japanese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) this week in Manila to help the latter explore business ventures, address development issues, and make their products more suitable to the Filipino market.
The pitch event, the first activity of its kind organized by JICA, will feature ten Japanese SMEs and will gather about 100 participants from government, academe, local government units, private sector, and civil society in the Philippines.
"This activity is a venue for Japanese SMEs to interact with Filipinos from all walks of life that they may learn and adopt suitable innovations and technologies from Japan that can help address their needs," said JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito. "With this, we aim to further support the Philippines' Ambisyon Nation 2040 development agenda and targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through partnership between Filipinos and Japanese private sector."
The pitch event is part of JICA's Partnership with the Private Sector type of assistance that encourages Japanese companies with technological expertise to support the development needs of JICA partner countries. Participants for the event have been in the Philippines to perform feasibility studies or pilot test a technology addressing solid waste management and recycling, raising agriculture farm productivity, or providing affordable water system.
The companies will each be given time to present their products while panelists coming from the government, private sector, academe, and civil society will provide feedback on the business solution presented.
Participants to the pitch event are: