Trade department organizes regional competitiveness committee

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


THE Department of Trade Industry (DTI) has facilitated an organizational meeting in Zamboanga City that resulted in the creation of the Regional Competitiveness Committee (RCC).

The RCC was created with 50 percent government and 50 percent private member composition following the organizational format of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).

DTI Regional Director Nazrullah Manzur, who is sitting as chairman of the RCC, said the committee will function as a special body under the auspices of the Regional Development Council (RDC).

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Manzur said the RCC will focus on improving the competitiveness of the region through the conduct of promotion and advocacy activities on competitiveness; identifying gaps and recommend solutions on the region's economic performance and competitiveness ranking; harmonizing and assessing productivity enhancing programs of various government agencies; and, proposing policy and administrative reforms to improve local competitiveness; among other functions.

RCC will be composed of members from the government sector: DTI; Department of Science and Technology; National Economic Development Authority; Department of Agriculture; Department of Labor and Employment; Department of Education; Department of Interior and Local Government; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; Department of Tourism; Zamboanga Freeport and Economic Zone Authority; National Statistics Office; National Statistical Coordination Board; Commission on Higher Education; Police Regional Office; and, Western Mindanao State University.

The private sector members are: the chambers of commerce and industry in the cities of Zamboanga, Pagadian, Isabela, and Dipolog; Industrial Group of Zamboanga Inc.; Ateneo del Zamboanga University; Universidad de Zamboanga; Southern Philippines Deep Sea Fishing, Inc.; IN-GLASS; Philippine Integrated Industries Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines; and, Rubber and Seaweed Associations, as well as two private sector members of the RDC.

Unanimously elected for the co-chair position coming from the private sector was the Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc.

"RCC will be our region's link to the National Competitiveness Council, working closely with them in full public-private partnership in our bid to improve the region and the Philippines in global competitiveness ranking," Manzur said. (Bong Garcia)

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