This year's 22nd APEC Automotive Dialogue will be held in the Dusit Thani Hotel in Ayala Center, Makati with DTI Assistant Secretary for Industry Development Ceferino S. Rodolfo as the keynote speaker.

The theme for this year's dialogue is “Integrating SMEs into the Automotive Global Value Chains” and aims to encourage economies to move towards globalization when it comes to automotive policies. The Automotive Dialogue is an avenue for the members of APEC for collaboration and strategies to achieve a higher level of integration and development for the automotive markets of APEC members.

There are over 100 participants for the bi-annual event and includes Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Viet Nam and the United States.

APEC member economies will also update forum participants on ongoing APEC projects such as the “Electric Vehicle Project” from China, “SME Integration into Global Value Chains Project” from South Korea and “GVC-SME Integration for the Automotive Sector (GSAS) Project” from Malaysia and the Philippines.

Other discussions will be “The Role and Contribution of Parts and Components SMEs in the Development of the Automotive Industry” by Mr. Ramon Vicente T. Kabigting. Mr. Dennis Chan of Famous Secret Precision Machining will present the “Integration Experiences of Auto Parts SMEs from Developing APEC Economies”. Dr. Hangkoo Lee, Senior Research Fellow from Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade will present the “Integration Experiences of Auto Parts SMEs from Developed APEC Economies”. Other regional automotive manufacturers will provide addition input on how to speed up the integration process.

This year's APEC dialogue recognizes SME development as one of the pillars of the APEC's economies. Mainstreaming SMEs into production networks is one of the four priories in this year's dialogue.