Asean delegates to join in 15th Davao Trade Expo-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
DELEGATES from the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) are expected to take part in the upcoming 15th Davao Trade Expo (Date), slated on October 17 to 19 at the SMX Convention Center Davao.
Date 2013 chairperson Arch. Agatha S. Valencia, speaking in Wednesday's Club 888 forum, said they have partnered with Department of Trade and Industry in Davao Region, Board of Investors, and Davao City Investment Promotions Center to facilitate a business matching between Asean investors and local exhibitors.
"In trade missions done in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) have promoted and invited them to the event and they have showed interest to come here," Valencia said.
She added that since there are some areas in Malaysia and Indonesia that import some of the agricultural products from Davao Region, they have signified interest to come here to see what available agricultural produce farmers have.
She also said that during the Global Economic Summit last month in Mumbai, city representatives, DCCCII president Arch. Daniel T. Lim and trustee John Y. Gaisano, also invited investors from Mumbai to come.
As of press time, a company from Thailand has confirmed to conduct a booth exhibit in Date 2013. DCCCII is yet to confirm the number of foreign exhibitors and delegates who will attend the three-day expo.
"Due to some local incidents, some foreign delegates have their reservation to come, which is unfortunate. However that does not stop us to pursue the event," said Valencia.
This year's Date will focus on the five golden crops: cacao, cassava, coconut, coffee, and corn. These are the crops that are also being pushed for intercropping.
Agriculture Secretary Proseso J. Alcala will be the event's keynote speaker who will discuss about "Golden Opportunities: Policies and Priority Programs in Cacao, Coconut, Coffee, Corn, and Cassava."
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 03, 2013.