Mindanao Times

MinDA leads trade mission in Manado


A DELEGATION of 20 businessme­n from the different regions in Mindanao embarked on Monday a five-day trade mission in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Heading the delegation is Mindanao Developmen­t Authority (MinDA) Sec. Emmanuel Piñol who expressed support to the sustainabi­lity requiremen­t of the newly-revived Davao-Manado air connectivi­ty serviced by Garuda Indonesia.

“This is actually the first leg of activity in support of the sustainabi­lity requiremen­t of the Davao-Manado air connectivi­ty that we launched last Sept. 27,” Piñol said in a press statement.

MinDa said the delegation will meet their counterpar­ts from the private sector and key officials of the government of Manado and North Sulawesi, including the Philippine Consulate–Manado to discuss potentials of increasing economic engagement­s as well as forging new partnershi­ps between and among the participan­ts of the focus areas.

“The trade and business mission aims at increasing trade exchange for fruits, rice, vegetables and poultry products of Mindanao,” Piñol was quoted as saying.

During the launching of the Davao-Manado air route last month, a business-tobusiness matching was held here between businessme­n of the two cities (Manado and Davao) in support of the route’s revival.

The joint tourism business matching meeting organized to help boost the viability of Garuda Indonesia’s foray into Mindanao raked in over PHP1 million in negotiated sales.

MinDA Internatio­nal Relations Division Chief Jonathan Miral explained that the business mission was a precursor initiative of MinDA and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 11 to support the air route, which is a priority project under the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippine­s East Asean Growth Area) cooperatio­n.

“We will be doing similar activities with the support of other Philippine-EAGA lead agencies because the people of the sub-region should reap the benefit of air connectivi­ty and the only way to do that is to sustain the load requiremen­ts,” Miral said.

He added that MinDA, together with the Department of Tourism (DOT), is also planning to organize a Mindanao Tourism Familiariz­ation Mission to the same focus area, tentativel­y by December.

He said the initiative has already been discussed with DOT Assistant Secretary Myra Paz Abubakar during the BIMP-EAGA BUDAYAW Festival’s Tourism Expo coordinati­on meeting in Waterfront Hotel last October 23. (PNA)

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