City to attend more int’l trade fairs for Asean integration

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014


IN PREPARATION to the 2015 Asean Integration, the Davao City Investment and Promotions Center (DCIPC) is eyeing to attend two major international trade fairs to make Davao City more visible to foreign markets.

DCIPC officer-in-charge Ivan C. Cortez said the Food and Hotel Asia 2014 and the 18th China International Fair for Investment and Trade are among those recommended by the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre (PTIC) commercial counselor Glenn G. Peñaranda of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.

"The City Government of Davao City has been recommended to attend the Food and Hotel Asia 2014 on April 8 to 11 in Singapore," he said.

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Cortez said the Department of Agriculture-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance (DA-Amas) will be shouldering the cost of the booth for the exhibit and they will be accommodating local government units who are producers of agricultural products.

He said those who will be joining will be from the private sector who are engaged in agribusiness and food and hotel business.

The event will be held at Singapore Expo, which will feature a 95,000-square-meter of gross exhibition area, 64,000 trade attendees from 95 countries and regions, 2,800 exhibitors from 70 countries and regions, 54 group pavilions, six specialized events, four world-class competitions, and one power-packed conference.

The city's participation to the event is yet to be approved by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Cortez said if the mayor approves the participation, they will also conduct road shows to different agencies and organizations in Singapore to promote the 2nd BIMP-Eaga Consumer Fair which will be held from October 15 to 19 in Davao City.

Another event, which has been recommended by the PTIC, is the 18th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (Cifit) on September 8 to 11 in Xiamen, China.

According to Cifit website, the fair is the only international promotion event in China. It is aimed at facilitating bilateral investment and has the following major components: investment and trade exhibition, the International Investment Forum (IIF), a series of seminars on hot investment issues, and investment project matchmaking symposia. It is also the largest global investment event approved by the Union of International Fairs.

Cortez said the PTIC in Guangzhou will be assisting the delegates who will be attending the event.

"We will still coordinate with the DA for the participation in CIFIT since they have the funding for these particular events," he said.

Aside from the two major international fairs, Peñaranda has also recommended the city to join the 11th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (Miras) which will be held on April 9 to 12 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

However, Cortez said DCIPC might not be able to join since it is in conflict with the Food and Hotel Asia 2014 but he also said that other agencies in the LGUs who are in line with the Halal certification might be attending.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 05, 2014.

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