Minbizcon to discuss Asean 2015 integration

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

HEADLINING the agenda of the 23rd Mindanao Business Conference next month are delegates from the academe, business sector, and government agencies that will help lay the foundation for this year’s theme, “Growth Beyond Convergence.”

This conference, hosted by the General Santos City Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Sarangani Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., will be held on September 1-3 in General Santos City, at KCC Mall.

With the integration of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) next year, the conference will tackle issues considered crucial for Mindanao business relating to the economic integration of the region.


These delegates from different sectors will discuss important issues on the Asean market, multilateral trade agreements, food and energy security, trade and finance, intellectual property and geopolitical challenges.

According to Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon – one of the keynote speakers of the event – “The theme of this year’s conference highlights the need to level-up from the unity and cooperation that Mindanao has achieved, into becoming more aggressive in gaining global competitiveness.”

The conference will allow stakeholders from both private and public sector to exchange views and ideas on how Asean economies can benefit from highly competitive international economy, he said.

Gov. Solon emphasizes the need for local industries to exchange views and to prepare for competition among their Asean counterparts.

Mindanao’s close proximity to Asean members like Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore makes it the Philippines’ gateway for trade.

He said that if Mindanao successfully fulfills its role as a gateway – connecting the country to the rest of Asean members – Mindanaoans will reap its well-deserved economic stimulus.

“I am optimistic that this year’s gathering of senior business leaders, members of the local chambers of commerce, government policy makers, and investors will result to increased dynamism in working for inclusive growth,” Gov. Solon said.

The Province of Sarangani recognizes the challenges posed by the liberalization of trade and industry. “Hence, our Sulong Sarangani program hopes to “narrow the gaps” by converging its resources with the private sector, enabling it to benefit from globalization.” Gov. Solon added.

Conference organizers are expecting up to 1,500 participants, 1,200 from Mindanao and 200 foreign delegates from different foreign chambers of commerce. Also expected to attend this year’s conference is President Benigno Aquino III.

This year’s Mindanao Business Conference is a collaboration among the local government units of General Santos City and Sarangani Province, Mindanao Development Authority, and Department of Trade and Industry; and its lead convener, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. PNA

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 01, 2014.


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