The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is now looking for local producers who are interested to do possible trading with businessmen in Sulawesi in Eastern Indonesia.
This is in line with the team-up between the Philippine Consulate General in Manado and the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta in close coordination with MinDA which aims to stimulate trade between Mindanao and Sulawesi.
Undersecretary Janet Lopoz, executive director of MinDA, told media they are now at the stage of finding local producers who would be interested to come in and do trading with them.
“Whoever will be interested and has the volume and has the quality that they require sila yung i-invite to talk directly to their counterpart,” she said.
Lopoz said they are eyeing to bring the local producers and meet their counterparts in Sulawesi in January next year.
Last October 28 to November 1 this year, delegation from the Philippines led by MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol along with the 40 businessmen and officials of MinDA and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) were welcomed by Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Leehiong T. Wee and Consul General Oscar Orcine of the Philippine Consulate General in Manado.
The visiting delegation from the Philippines were on a trade and business mission to Sulawesi with business interests in agriculture, aquaculture, cement, coconut and coffee processing, construction and engineering, education and training, fish processing, game fowl breeding, gold and nickel mining, packaging services, and waste neutralization and management, among others.
Over a hundred Indonesian government officials and businessmen led by the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi met with members of the Philippine delegation to explore import and export opportunities in a business-matching activity at Sintesa Peninsula Hotel in Manado.
Contracts and agreements were entered into during the trade missions and business mission, some of which should translate to actual exchange of goods and money before the year ends.
“Let me start the meeting with the Sabah Chief Minister. The agreement is for us to still look into some more like mango, banana, poultry and we are also looking at fertilizers kasi they are saying that they have a very cheap fertilizer that can boost our agricultural production in Mindanao,” Lopoz said.
Lopoz also said the agreement with the senior officials and ministers does not promote competition but complementation.
“It just not they import commodities from us but it is also possible that we will consolidate, if we are producing the same products, we can consolidate the product and market it throughout BIMP-EAGA,” she added.
During the trade mission the Philippine Consulate General in Manado dispatched one team to Gorontalo and another team to Makassar City to lead smaller business delegations to similar business matching events.
The two teams engaged Indonesian local trade officials and businessmen and presented to them opportunities to procure Philippine products and services.
During the week-long event, members of the Philippine delegation also visited a banana chips factory, cement warehouse, charcoal briquette factory, cookie factory, coconut processing plant, container ports, corn warehouse, herbal medicine factory, tuna canning factory, fresh tuna packaging facility, and wastewater treatment plant, among others.