DIPOLOG CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 27, 2008) – US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney is expected to grace the opening of the 17th Mindanao Business Conference in Dipolog City in the southern province of Zamboanga del Norte.
Edgar Bagariano, president of the Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Kenney has accepted their invitation and is most likely to speak at the business conference set on August 27-29.
“We are excited with this latest development as we prepare for this big event that will put Dipolog City in the map of the Philippine business community,” Bagarinao said.
He said they also invited President Gloria Arroyo to be their guest of honor at the closing ceremony.
“We have also invited President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to be the Guest of Honor during the closing program of the conference and we expect to hear word from Malacanang of the President’s confirmation in a couple of weeks.”
“It has been a tradition that the President personally attends the Mindanao Business Conference to receive the Mindanao Policy Agenda which is an integration of issues and recommendations from the business community,” Bagarinao said.
Bagarinao said members of the Diplomatic Corps are expected to attend the conference and among those invited were Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura, Canadian Ambassador Robert Desjardins, Chinese Ambassador Song Tao, Australian Ambassador Roderick Smith and Sabah Chief Minister YAB Datuk Musa Haji Aman.
The Mindanao Business Conference, organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is the biggest annual gathering of the business community in Mindanao. The Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host this year’s conference. (Mindanao Examiner)