The Manufacturing Business Council (MBC) within the International Trade Council serves as a focal point for industries, experts, governments, and other key stakeholders operating within the diverse and dynamic spectrum of global manufacturing. Recognizing the central role of manufacturing in global trade, economic growth, and technological advancement, the council aims to promote best practices, facilitate collaboration, and drive innovation in the manufacturing domain.


Chanda Nacua, Program Manager – Asia IT, Texas Instruments Phils Inc   [LinkedIn]

Deputy Chairperson:

Md Fazlul Hoque, Managing Director, Plummy Fashions Ltd    [LinkedIn]

Areas of Focus:

  • Global Manufacturing Trends: The council continuously tracks and analyzes emerging trends in manufacturing, including technological advancements, process innovations, and shifts in consumer demand.
  • Trade Regulations and Compliance: With changing trade dynamics, the MBC provides insights into the latest regulations, standards, and compliances affecting the manufacturing sector, ensuring businesses remain informed and compliant.
  • Technological Integration: Emphasizing the role of Industry 4.0, the council delves into the integration of technologies like AI, IoT, and robotics in manufacturing, fostering an environment of digital transformation.
  • Supply Chain Optimization: Recognizing the intricacies of manufacturing supply chains, the council focuses on strategies to optimize and streamline operations, from sourcing raw materials to delivering finished products.
  • Sustainability and Environment: In an era of environmental consciousness, the MBC champions sustainable manufacturing practices, exploring methods to reduce waste, energy consumption, and emissions.
  • Quality Assurance and Standards: The council underscores the importance of quality, guiding members on international quality standards, certifications, and best practices to ensure product excellence.
  • Workforce Development: Addressing challenges like skill shortages and evolving job roles, the council emphasizes training, upskilling, and workforce development to meet the demands of modern manufacturing.
  • Collaboration and Networking: The MBC provides a platform for manufacturers, suppliers, technology providers, and other stakeholders to collaborate, share insights, and forge beneficial partnerships.
  • Market Access and Expansion: Offering insights into emerging markets, consumer behaviors, and geopolitical factors, the council aids manufacturers in expanding their global footprint.
  • Innovation and Research: The council actively promotes R&D in manufacturing, encouraging members to innovate and stay at the forefront of product and process advancements.

Outputs of the Business Council:

  • Research Reports
  • Webinars
  • Legislative Recommendations
  • Thought-Pieces / Blog Posts
  • Participation in Industry Events
  • Collation of Industry News
  • Mentoring