Marañon-led delegation promotes NegOcc at international forum

AUSTRALIA. Negros Occidental delegation headed by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. (fifth from right) with Chief Minister of Northern Territory Michael Gunner (center) at the sidelines of the Regional Australia-Asia Chambers Forum held in Darwin City, Northern Territory, Australia recently. (Contributed Photo)

The Province of Negros Occidental has gained boost, particularly in tourism and investment, at the recently concluded Regional Australia-Asia Chambers Forum in Darwin City, Northern Territory, Australia.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who led the province’s delegation, shared the successful engagement of Negros Occidental with the Northern Territory Government to the business community attending the international forum.

In his talk during the “Financial and Asian Regional Development” session, Marañon emphasized the attractiveness of Negros Occidental as a tourism and investment destination.

Noting the significant growth of young population in the Philippines and province as well, he stressed that “one of our key exports is our highly trainable skilled labor.”

The governor also underscored that among the 40 participating countries in the just-concluded Arafura Games 2019, the Philippines got the most number of medals.

The country initially bagged 30 gold, 40 silver, and 28 bronze medals in various sport disciplines as of May 1.

Arafura Games 2019, which was also held in Northern Territory from April 26 to May 4, is an inclusive multi-sport event fostering friendship and understanding between competing nations and the host-province.

Aside from games, it also showcased unique arts, culture, history, and trade and investment links.

Moreover, the forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory gathered senior representatives from Chambers of Commerce within Australia and across the Asian Region including Philippines, Cambodia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

The two-day Regional Australia-Asia Chambers Forum until May 3 was aimed at discussing key issues facing the growth of business in the region.

Provincial Supervising Tourism Operations Officer Cristine Mansinares, who was part of the province’s delegation, said Negros Occidental’s scope of partnership is diverse and ranges from employment and migration to education, agriculture, trade and investment.

Negros Occidental is one of the featured provinces during the forum because of its successful engagement with the Northern Territory Government.

Recognizing the help of Philippine Consul General John Rivas, Mansinares said this continuing engagement started in 2012.

She earlier told SunStar Bacolod that one of the gains from the forum is building awareness on Negros Occidental as a progressive province in the Philippines.

“Through this event, we can also expand our partnership in other areas including tourism and sustaining what we currently have such as trade and investment, education, agriculture, and employment and migration,” the tourism official had said.


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