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SUSTAINABLE TRADE IN EAGA. MinDA Chairman Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol leads a delegation comprised of representatives from government agencies and the private sector that will explore potential business opportunities and other ventures in Sulawesi, Indonesia. This serves as a follow-through trade mission after a business group from Tahuna City, Sangihe Regency from North Sulawesi visited Davao City last month. From Manado, they will also be visiting other areas in Sulawesi including Makassar and Gorontalo.

DAVAO CITY – MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will lead a more than twenty (20) businessmen delegation from different regions in Mindanao for a five-day trade mission in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia next week, 28 October – 01 November 2019.

“This is actually the first leg of this activity to support the sustainability requirement of the Davao-Manado air connectivity that we launched last 27 September,” Secretary Piñol said.

The delegation will be meeting their counterpart private sectors and key officials of the Local Government Units of Manado and North Sulawesi, including the Philippine Consulate – Manado for substantive discussions in potential economic engagements and partnership between and among the participants of the focus areas.

MinDA International Relations Division Chief Jonathan Miral stressed out that the business mission is just a precursor initiative of MinDA and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – 11 to support the air route, given that it is a major priority project under the BIMP-EAGA cooperation.

“We will continue doing activities like this with the support of other Philippine-EAGA lead agencies because the people of the sub-region should reap the benefit of this endeavor, and the only way to do that is to sustain the route in all its requirements, particularly, passenger load,” Miral emphasized.

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

“We already discussed this initiative with DOT ASec. Myra Paz Abubakar during the BIMP-EAGA BUDAYAW Festival’s Tourism Expo coordination meeting in Waterfront Hotel, and she is very much open about it since the route is also a major project under the BIMP-EAGA Joint Tourism Development Cluster,” Miral explained.

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