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)