Gov’t agencies sign manifesto to support this year’s Davao trade expo

August 26, 2010 11:23 am 

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 26 — Government agencies signed a joint manifesto vowing to support the 12th Davao Trade Expo (DATE 2010) slated on November 5 to 7 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas building here to regain Davao Region’s post as the top-performing region in terms of gross regional domestic product (GRDP).

Davao Region ranked second to Region 12 or the Zamboanga Peninsula in terms of GDP performance last year.

Representing government officials were Department of Agriculture (DA) regional director Carlos Mendoza, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional director Marizon Loreto and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional director Dr. Anthony Sales.

DATE 2010 organizer led by Engr. Robert Quinto, president Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII), said government agencies in the manifesto also called on stakeholders to promote DATE 2010 to develop a strategic and sustainable economic development management plan.

Quinto said the strategic plan will help aid members in identifying their roles in building the economy of the region.

Utilizing the respective resource advantages and transforming these into meaningful products and services will help promote the region’s domestic production.

Since the region is blessed with abundance of its natural resources and talented workforce, there is a need to pursue a sustainable resource management plan.

The plan will help maintain the region’s competitiveness for the present and the future, the signifying government agencies said.

The group also cited stronger partnerships with all stakeholders in the economic sector as a guideline towards further economic growth.

The said government agencies believe that DATE 2010 is a potential avenue to harmonize all economic sectors in the region in showcasing the region’s comparative advantages in areas of agriculture, trade and commerce, construction, services and industries.

ATE 2010’s theme “Building the Future: Innovation Towards Global Agriculture” aims to tap industries in the region that continues to innovate and adapt new technologies and best practices to address the growing challenges of the regional economy.

This year’s DATE is shifting focus from trade issues to agriculture particularly banana and complimentary agriculture products.

Wit Holganza, DATE 2010 chair, said the shift is aimed at exploring new world markets for banana and Davao Region’s other potential agriculture products. (PNA)

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