Official: City to embark on trade mission to Japan

ABOUT 15 business representatives and officials from the city government are set to promote the city as the go-to investment and tourist destination in a trade mission to the key cities in Japan on October 16-20.

 Lemuel G. Ortonio, officer-in-charge of Davao City Investment Promotion Center, said yesterday during the Wednesdays @ Habi at Kape in Abreeza Mall that they are planning to meet with 60 business representatives and officials from the local governments of Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, and Tokyo in Japan.

 These four cities, he said, are the hubs of the companies in agriculture, tourism, real estate, and manufacturing, which are the key sectors that they wanted to attract to invest in the city.

 “There were also some representatives from those areas who already visited here that signified interest to help invite more companies. Tentatively, we will meet with their local government officials,” Ortonio said.

 Under the local government, officials of DCIPC, City Tourism Operations Office and City Information Office will be among the delegates of the five-day trade mission. The city government also invited the members of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. and Davao Tourism Association.

 There were three companies into agriculture and two from property development that bared interest to join in the international activity.

 The trade mission to Japan, Ortonio said, is also an opportune time to benchmark and learn on how they operate their tourism and investment offices.

 In the trade mission, City Tourism Officer Regina Rosa B. Tecson said they hoped to attract tourists from Japan to travel in the city. The trade mission is the second under the leadership of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio next to the same activity in Singapore backed in 2012.

 “We are boosting our efforts to attract tourists here,” Tecson said.

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