DAVAO CITY (Zamboanga Journal / 28 Feb) Japan is sending a 20-man trade mission to Mindanao and Manila Tuesday to explore explore possible areas of cooperation and investments to accelerate the growth of the southern Philippine region.
The mission is Tokyo's recognition of the importance of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) in the development and integration of the ASEAN region.
Tohru Kuramata, regional coordinator of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will lead the mission consists of both government officials and businessmen.
The mission seeks to find out the areas of cooperation and investment that Japan can engage in to effectively support the development of BIMP-EAGA.
Japan hopes that this mission becomes an opportunity in finding components that attract more investors and tourists, hastening the development of the BIMP-EAGA.
The mission's visit in Davao City includes site visits to relevant companies as well as meetings with key figures of Mindanao, including Secretary Jesus Dureza, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process; and officials of the Mindanao Economic Development Council, Automous Region in Muslim Mindanao Trade Secretary Ishak Mastura and Agriculture Secretary Sajitd Druz-Ali; Davao City Vice Mayor Louie Bunguyan; and officers of the regional Department of Trade and Industry, the Mindanao Business Council and the Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The dispatch of the BIMP-EAGA Mission exemplifies Japan 's belief on the development potentials of Mindanao given its abundant natural resources that could further revitalize its industries such as in mining, agriculture, fisheries and tourism.