THE European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) is set to put up its Northern Mindanao headquarters in the third quarter of 2017, with Cagayan de Oro as its central hub.
With this initiative, ECCP is expected to provide stronger support to existing European businesses in Northern Mindanao, as well as a boost in the promotion of local businesses in Asean countries and in Europe.
ECCP also sees this as an opportunity to share the European Union's "Generalised Scheme of Preferences" to Northern Mindanao Filipino exporters that allows developing countries to pay less or no duties on their exports to the European Union's single market of 500 million+ end consumers.
"ECCP has, aside from its main office in the Makati central business district, already established branches in the Visayas (Cebu City), and Southern Mindanao (Davao City) regions, because we recognize the need to expand the organization's foot print to the rest of the country. By expanding its foot print to Cagayan de Oro, ECCP is taking a step forward to better serve existing European businesses in Northern Mindanao as well as helping promote Northern Mindanao through ECCP's vast network in Asean and Europe. This is in line with ECCP's aim to support and contribute to the inclusive growth of the Philippines," said ECCP Executive Director Florian Gottein.
ECCP is a service-oriented membership organization that fosters close economic ties and business relations between the Philippines and Europe.
Established in 1978, the ECCP offers a wide range of business services and linkages between companies, organizations, and individuals with existing or potential business interests in Europe and the Philippines.
The ECCP provides services ranging from client, supplier, distributor/agent, and partner matching, market intelligence and research, company pooling, events management, and training programs.
The chamber also organizes various recreational and networking events for its members such as the ECCP Football Cup, the ECCP Annual Golf Challenge, Joint Foreign Chambers Networking Night, and the ECCP Coffee Mornings, alongside advocacy geared events, such as forums that allow the business community to dialogue proactively with heads of the Philippine government.
ECCP is recognized by the European Commission as the official European Business Organisation (EBO) in the Philippines. It is a part of the EU Market Access Team and manages EU projects in the Philippines. (PR)