MARKED by strong economic activities in the recent years, Cebu is starting to get attention from the people of Denmark.
This is according to Denmark Ambassador Jan Top Christensen, who spoke to local business leaders Wednesday.
“We have seen a growing interest on the Danish side on getting to know the Philippines. We see high growth rates, (and) political decisions are moving in the right direction. There is an interest in Denmark to understand what is going on in the Philippines,” he said.
Christensen said his meeting with some of the Cebu’s business leaders including Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) vice president for external affairs Teodoro Locson Jr., Mandaue Chamber (MCCI) past president Eric Mendoza and president Glenn Anthony Soco, and Cebu Landmasters chairman Jose Soberano III, will allow him to forward their concerns to companies in Denmark.
“Danish companies (will be) visiting here (Cebu). I hope this will lead to economic development for Cebu and engagement between Cebu and Danish companies,” added the ambassador.
At this point, there is minimal to no presence of Danish companies in Cebu, said Christensen. Part of the plan is to have some Danish BPO companies with operations in Metro Manila to expand in Cebu.
He expressed the Danish government’s interest to foster collaboration among Danish and Cebuano companies in the years to come, especially in the areas of transportation, energy, and agriculture.
“I’m here to collect information from the authorities, from the private sector to see what their interests are and I bring it back and relay that to Danish companies,” he said. The official said he also met with Cebu government officials prior to meeting with business owners.
With traffic being one of the most pressing problems in Cebu, Christensen said Danish companies can offer transportation and infrastructure solutions to Cebu’s worsening traffic situation. Denmark, he said, has wide experience in bridge and tunnel building, the country having 406 islands.
In fact, the consultant for the Cebu-Cordova bridge is Danish firm Cowi and DCCD Engineering Corp. In response to the ambassador’s speech, Mendoza said he would like the firm to look into the land use and rezoning plans of Mandaue City.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 17, 2017.
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