Six Filipino Students to Compete in 2023 FedEx / Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge Regional Finals

FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, announced the six winners of the 2023 FedEx Express/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge (FedEx / JA ITC) Philippine Finals. The FedEx / JA ITC fosters business knowledge through practical teamwork exercises and classroom learning. The winners attended a local trade workshop and competed with seven other teams in a local competition.

The six students who will represent the Philippines at the regional finals are:

Team: Eco-Charcoal
Names of students : Norlenmiel D. Madera and Lance Kelly P. Manlangit
School: Jose Panganiban National High School
Product presented: Fumea Eco-Charcoal: A Production of Pyrolysis Process Bio Charcoal from Rice Straw (Latin Name: Oryza Sativa)
Brand name: Fumea Eco-Charcoal
Team: Kouhitte
Names of students: Tychie Ereil B. Capuno and Brent Haryl M. Magbanua
School: Negros Occidental Science National High School
Product presented: A Banket (Bag n Blanket)
Brand name: Kouhitte
Team: Sustainable Menstrual Underwear
Names of students: Adeline Jianne D. Lorca and Suzanne M. Viloria
School: Caloocan City Business High School
Product presented: Usage of Menstrual Underwear as a Learning of Sustainable Consumption                           
Brand name: Sustainable Menstrual Underwear
To foster collaborative thinking and encourage diverse ideas from different cultural backgrounds, the six Philippine winners will go on to work with students from other Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) markets at the 2023 Asia Pacific International Trade Challenge regional finals in August. This team setting enables contestants to exchange experiences with students from Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, get a global perspective, and brainstorm ideas that work towards achieving a common goal.

The 2023 program was held virtually with four workshops attended by more than 1,500 students to heighten their knowledge on global trade and acquire skills to prepare a detailed marketing entry strategy plan. The students were challenged to develop a sustainable alternative to a single-use product of their choice for the South Africa market. This aligns with the FedEx approach to “reduce, replace, and revolutionize” across business activities in order to minimize environmental impacts and add value.

“For more than a decade, we have witnessed the brilliance and ingenuity of the Filipino youth in ideating and creating solutions that bring positive impact to our communities. We are honored to be a part of their journey and we will continue to support them as they bring their ideas to life through their future enterprises,” said Maribeth Espinosa, Managing Director, FedEx Express Philippines.

Since its introduction to the Philippines in 2009, FedEx / JA ITC continues to strengthen its commitment to help students better understand the nuances of international trade. The programme has attracted more than 6,000 students with 78 students representing the Philippines at the regional finals.

More information about the 2023 FedEx/JA ITC can be found on the JA Philippines website

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