Gov. Garcia to head cebu trade mission to Latin America

November 9, 2011 10:38 pm 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 9 -– Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia will lead Cebuano businessmen and provincial legislators in a trade mission to three Latin American countries later this month.

Garcia and members of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and Cebu Provincial Board (PB) members Peter John Calderon and Wilfredo Caminero will be out of the country for two weeks to visit Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

The officials are scheduled to leave on Nov. 22 and will be back on Dec. 6.

Members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry will also join the group.

The trade mission is being organized by the Philippine embassies in the three countries and the embassies of Chile, Argentina and Brazil in the Philippines.

Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale will be the acting governor while Garcia is out of the country, while PB Member Julian Daan will be acting vice governor and presiding officer of the PB sessions.

Garcia said she would have wanted to bring Magpale because of her expertise in promoting Cebu as a tourist destination, but she had second thoughts because it will be a long trip.

Magpale heads the committee on tourism and international affairs.

Garcia said they may also sign an agreement to establish sister-province ties with the province of Valparaiso, home of one of Chile’s important seaports.

The agreement is still being finalized.

Garcia said the trade mission was conceptualized when the Chilean Ambassador to the Philippines Roberto Mayorga hosted a dinner reception for her in his house in Forbes Park in Makati City.

”In that gathering, he asked me to head a trade mission to Chile and at the same time the other ambassadors were there, too. He invited the ambassadors of Argentina, Brazil and of course the other ambassadors and some very big businessmen,” Garcia said.

Among other things, she was asked to strengthen ties between their respective countries and the Philippines, particularly Cebu. (PNA) DCT/FFC/EB/bh

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