JTI to build Asia Pacific business hub in PH

Published April 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Chino S. Leyco
Defying economic down turn, cigarette-maker Japan Tobacco International (JTI) announced that it will build its third global business service (GBS) center in the Philippines.

In a statement, John Freda, JTI Philippines general manager said the Geneva-based global tobacco company has chosen Manila to be the service hub for its Asia Pacific operations.

Freda said that the Manila GBS Center will become JTI’s third global hub after recently opening two similar facilities in Warsaw, Poland and in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“We thank the government for allowing us to make significant strategic investments in the Philippines over recent years,” Freda said.

He added the establishment of the Manila GBS Center is also proof of the company’s confidence in the Philippines market and evidence of its continuing commitment to create jobs in support of national development.

The GBS center will employ up to 350 people within the next three years, bringing the total number of JTI employees in the Philippines to 5,000 including those in a manufacturing plant in Batangas province.

Freda said that JTI is hoping the facility, similar to its factory in Batangas, can help soften the recessionary impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which is expected to result in loss of thousands of jobs in the coming months.

“We are pleased to add the GBS Center to our employment offerings in the Philippines further underpinning our commitment to helping the government in creating job opportunities in the country,” Freda said.

The country’s unemployment rate is predicted to reach eight percent this year from 5.3 per¬cent due to the pandemic with the economy projected to grow a weak below one percent this year.

“The GBS center will provide sophisticated solutions, consulting and analytics to satisfy complex operational challenges in the areas of finance, marketing and sales, people and culture, procurement, global supply chain and information technology,” JTI said.