Over the past years, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and British Council have been working together to spur growth in the Philippines’ creative economy. Key events were organised, which served as platforms for advocacy, learning, and discourse for creatives, private industry members, and government leaders. These included the ASEAN Creative Cities Forum and Exhibition and Design Week Philippines, as led by Design Center of the Philippines, and the Creative Enterprise Programme, as led by PTTC.

Our partners and stakeholders

Department of Trade and Industry

The Department of Trade and Industry is the executive department of the Philippine Government tasked as the main economic agency that enables innovative, competitive, job generating, inclusive businesses while empowering consumers. It acts as a catalyst for intensified private sector activity in order to accelerate and sustain economic growth through a comprehensive industrial growth strategy, progressive and socially responsible trade liberalisation and deregulation programmes, and policymaking designed for the expansion and diversification of trade in the Philippines with domestic and foreign products and services.

Design Center of the Philippines

The Design Center of the Philippines is the country’s leading agency committed to cultivating a culture that thrives on creativity, value creation, and innovation.

Design Center’s efforts go beyond promoting the value of good design and onto inspiring creative industries to create human-centered products, services, and spaces that make an impact in the Philippines and in the world. From enhancing human experiences to enabling inclusive and sustainable economic growth, we ensure that design plays its role as a creative, strategic, and innovative tool for positive development.

Philippine Trade Training Center

Designs and implements training programs on export marketing and management, entrepreneurial management, quality management and productivity, and trade exhibition management and participation. PTTC conducts post-training advisory and counseling services, offers customised in-company training programs and services, and provides events management support. It is also an events venue for MSMEs and large enterprises to promote their products as it markets, rents out, and maintains exhibition and training room facilities.

Thames International

Thames International Business School was founded in 1999 as the Philippines’ first International College. In 2004 Thames International set up Southeast Asia’s first entrepreneurial degree institution, the Entrepreneurs School of Asia. Thames International aims to develop Asia’s Changemakers in the fields of Creative Industry, Environment, and Social Sectors. The institution offers Bachelor’s Degrees and Professional and Management Diplomas in marketing, creative enterprise, family business management, and social innovation.

Apl de Ap Foundation

The Apl.de.Ap Foundation is the Philanthropic Arm of Allan Pineda or Apl.de.Ap of the multi-awarded pop band Black Eyed Peas. The main focus of the foundation is preparing the youth for an economically empowered life through education.

The Thames International and Apl de Ap Foundation joint venture will help ensure that the Philippines is ready for the knowledge economy by developing the next generation of Creative and Innovative Managers and Entrepreneurs through ICE Scholarships (Innovators and Creative Entrepreneur Scholarships). It aims to be a catalyst in the creative industries by educating and training the country’s creative entrepreneurs. 

Got a partnership idea? Get in touch with us at britishcouncil@britishcouncil.org.ph