City to host 22nd Minbizcon-A A +A
Monday, February 25, 2013
THE Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) will host this year's 22nd Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon).
This was bared Friday by Daniel T. Lim, the newly-elected president of DCCCII, during the 2nd General Membership Meeting (GMM) at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.
He said the conference is a gathering of business leaders, members of chambers of commerce, government policy makers, investors, and foreign trading partners.
MinBizCon is expected to draw around 800 to 1,000 participants.
"This event aims to foster competitiveness and accelerating growth in Mindanao," he said.
Last year's MinBizCon was held in Butuan City on August 2 to 4 at the Almont Hotel Inland Resort, which drew around 300 participants.
Through the 21st MinBizCon, participants had plenary sessions on the current administration's flagship program, public-private partnership (PPP), centered on power issues.
Lim said the event will be held in August, but has yet to decide where the venue will be.
Also, during the 2nd GMM, Jose Maria Lorenzo Tan, vice chair and chief executive office (CEO) of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) urged the business sector in Davao City to act on the environmental issues today as it will possibly hamper development of the industries as a whole.
He said said the typhoons affecting the city, and the rest of Mindanao, may have severe effect on the business sector.
Finding solutions to the problems must not be solely relied on the government, he said.
"No one knows business other than business," he said. With this, he said development must be viewed holistically.
"Davao, at first, emerged as the least vulnerable (to typhoons) but now is the time to reassess this," he said.
He said the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) will be of big help to clearly define where should agriculture areas other industries be located.
He added the population of the city grows at least 3 percent a year, mostly by migrating people from other cities who decide to stay in Davao City.
"Davao City's adaptation challenge will come in migration," he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 25, 2013.