Foreign traders to join confab

FOREIGN business delegations are expected join in the upcoming Davao Investment Conference (ICon) on July 21-23 at SMX Davao Convention Center.

Arturo Milan, chair of Davao ICon and trustee of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII), said the Economic Affairs of the Office of the President informed the business chamber that about 40 Chinese delegates have committed to join.

“There are also 15 Japanese and 24 Indonesians who registered to attend the event,” Milan said during their press briefing last Friday at DCCCII, as this also serves as venue to have business matching with local businesses.

The Davao ICon also attracted delegates from other countries like Singapore and Malaysia.

Milan said business matching will take place during the event. “Hopefully, they will be firming up their partnership in the event and sign deals before the event ends,” he said.

The event will have speakers like Air Asia founder and president Tony Fernandez who would discuss about air linkages specifically from Davao to a growing number of destinations.

President Rodrigo Duterte and members of his Cabinet also confirmed to speak in the event.

To date, John Tria, program head of Davao ICon, said there are already 200 who confirmed to attend in the conference, which highlights Davao’s potential as the next hub for the different businesses’ investments.

“We are highlighting particularly on infrastructure and connectivity, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing,” Tria said.

The Davao ICon is led by DCCCII in partnership with the city government.

As of last month, among the big companies that confirmed to attend include San Miguel Corp., PLDT, MVP Group of Companies, 8990 Housing Development Corp., Aboitiz Power Corp., Anflocor Group of Companies, BDO, Security Bank, Metrobank and Globe already committed to attend the event.

The conference will also be joined by Land Bank and Development Bank of the Philippines and other businesses in the country.

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