Big­gest biz match­ing held for BIMP-Eaga biz­men

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS -

NINE sets of busi­ness match­ing ac­tiv­ity was done be­tween busi­ness­men from Malaysia, In­done­sia, and the Philip­pines par­tic­u­larly on tourism, agri­cul­ture, and min­ing dur­ing the Bim­pEaga Busi­ness Coun­cil (BEBC)-Min­danao Pri­vate Sec­tor Busi­ness Net­work­ing Ses­sion last Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 10, at the Water­front In­su­lar Ho­tel.

Ac­cord­ing to Bureau of Cus­toms Davao District Col­lec­tor Dino Aus­tria, who was one of the Filipino del­e­gates, the ses­sion was at­tended by 34 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Brunei Darus­salam, Malaysia, In­done­sia, and the Philip­pines and was noted to be the big­gest BEBC net­work­ing ses­sion so far. One of the high­lights of the event was the busi­ness match­ing by these for­eign busi­ness­men with the Filipino busi­ness­men from the dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

In­done­sian rep­re­sen­ta­tives were noted to be look­ing for im­port po­ten­tials of frozen fish, co­pra, char­coal shell, dry corn, and frozen bone­less fish, crab, claw, and crab meat. They were matched with Filipino busi­ness­men who are into pro­duc­tion of co­conut and by-prod­ucts, agribusi­ness and chem­i­cals, and im­port and ex­port of agro-ma­rine prod­ucts.

Malaysian rep­re­sen­ta­tives, on the other hand, were look­ing for agri-tourism in­vest­ment in Sarawak, Malaysia in­clud­ing home­s­tay pro­grams in ru­ral ar­eas, pineap­ple MD2 plant­ing ma­te­ri­als, canned pineap­ple, co­conut hy­brid plant­ing ma­te­ri­als, co­conut by-prod­ucts, fresh and frozen seafood, coal and gold min­ing, LPG dis­trib­u­tor, and ship­ping and lo­gis­tics. They were matched with the dif­fer­ent travel and tours rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Davao City, the Davao Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (DATA), and busi­nesses in the coun­try who are also into agri­cul­ture trade and min­ing.

“From the eyes of a busi­ness­man, du­ties and taxes are trade bar­ri­ers. What they want is for these du­ties and taxes to be de­creased but then this is some­thing that they will have to tackle with the se­nior of­fi­cials’ level of the BIMP. But nev­er­the­less, the move­ment of the Asean is to re­move the tar­iff rates. What we want is to even­tu­ally make it zero tar­iff, or free trade zone, sim­i­lar to Europe,” said Aus­tria adding that dur­ing the ses­sion, the for­eign rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­pressed in­ter­est through trade cus­tom pro­ce­dures in­quiries ad­dressed to BOC.

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