Cana­dian busi­ness cham­ber af­firms tremen­dous growth of Ba­colod City

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

THE Cana­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce in the Philip­pines (Can­cham) has

af­firmed that Ba­colod City is grow­ing tremen­dously par­tic­u­larly in terms of econ­omy.

Now on his sec­ond visit in Ba­colod City, Can­cham pres­i­dent Ju­lian Payne said the eco­nomic growth here has been very no­table.

He was in Ba­colod City on Tues­day for a meet­ing with of­fi­cials of Ba­colod­ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Fed­er­a­tion for In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (BNEFIT).

Payne’s first visit was in 1989 when he was func­tion­ing as the di­rec­tor gen­eral of an­other non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion con­cen­trat­ing in Asia.

“Ba­colod is one of the big­gest cities in the Philip­pines and its growth has been tremen­dous,” he said, adding they want to es­tab­lish a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the lo­cal ICT coun­cil mainly in three as­pects.

These are, first, the cham­ber’s in­vi­ta­tion to lo­cal ICT or­ga­ni­za­tions for its ICT Awards nom­i­na­tion.

The group is also in­tro­duc­ing an out­bound trade mis­sion in Van­cou­ver, Canada.

“We would also like to in­vite your lo­cal en­ti­ties to be a mem­ber of Cana­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce in the Philip­pines,” Payne said.

For BNEFIT, its pres­i­dent John Dave Dueñas said the meet­ing with Can­cham is the start­ing point for the lat­ter’s pur­suit to strengthen the re­la­tion­ship of the busi­ness sec­tor in the Philip­pines and Canada.

Dueñas said they are happy that groups like the Can­cham have seen not just the po­ten­tials in Ba­colod but the fruition of the ef­forts of the city as a whole.

“The ICT In­dus­try has tremen­dously helped the econ­omy and or­ga­ni­za­tions like Can­cham is af­firm­ing it,” he added.

The ICT coun­cil of­fi­cial re­called that in 2018, Ba­colod City has been awarded as one of the most busi­ness-friendly cities in the coun­try by the Philip­pine Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (PCCI).

“It is a mark that we are very com­pet­i­tive in terms of busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment. I think this has to be cred­ited to the peo­ple of Ba­colod - from its lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit, to the academe, and to the pri­vate in­dus­tries,” Dueñas noted.

More­over, the cham­ber’s ICT Awards is bring­ing in a new award this year - the “Best Startup Com­pany of the Year.”

It is geared to­wards rec­og­niz­ing a start-up com­pany in the ICT In­dus­try, which is seen to boost and fur­ther en­gage techno­preneurs to be bet­ter.

Dueñas said the out­bound trade mis­sion, mean­while, will be tai­lored to the British Columbia Tech­nol­ogy Sum­mit on March 11 to 13 this year.

“Can­cham al­ways had the busi­ness in­ter­est of the Philip­pines and Canada at the heart of its mis­sion,” he added.*


CANA­DIAN Cham­ber of Com­merce in the Philip­pines pres­i­dent Ju­lian Payne (3rd from left) with Ba­colod-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Fed­er­a­tion for In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy pres­i­dent John Dave Dueñas (4th from right) and other of­fi­cials in­clud­ing ICT Fo­cal Point for Ba­colod City Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Coun­cilor Em Ang (4th from left) in a meet­ing at Fe­li­cia’s Pas­try Shop in Ba­colod City on Tues­day.

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