China, Davao officials discuss measures for economic recovery

The Chinese Consulate General in Davao recently organized an online meeting with representatives from the public and private sectors in Davao City and discussed measures for economic recovery and facilitate bilateral economic cooperation between China and Mindanao.

The meeting also aims to provide policy on connectivity to ease import and export of locally produced products, conduct regular online conferences, and organized virtual trade fairs with Mindanao’s Chinese counterparts.
Driven by lessons from the pandemic experience, those present in the meeting agreed it is time to explore the possibilities in the digital space. 
Chinese Consul General Li Lin of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Davao said in a text message that the business sector in Davao City is encouraged to perk up the import and export by engaging in business matching through online trading platforms as exports and imports are expected to decline due to the pandemic. 

Lin cited the first online 127th Canton Trade Fair, which opened last June 15, 2020, as an ideal activity for Davao and Chinese businessmen to match. Organized by China Foreign Trade Centre (Group), it is the biggest complex trade show in China showcasing over 150,000 kinds of quality Chinese products and overseas commodities.

The meeting also aims to establish cooperative partnership between Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) and the China Foreign Trade Center, promote bilateral cooperation and seek policy support from the port authorities and customs offices, find financial support for the small medium entrepreneurs (SMEs), start infrastructure projects and create jobs.

Present during the said meeting were Deputy Consul General Tang Duokun, Davao City Investment and Promotion Center (DCIPC) head April Marie Dayap, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro, DCCCII Honorary Life chair Sebastian Angliongto, and Davao Filipino-Chinese Multi-sectoral Association vice president Nelson Chua.

Meanwhile, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of the Philippines recently celebrated the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. 

The celebration was highlighted with an online musical concert hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Manila and Department of Foreign Affairs Philippines (DFA) at on June 9, 2020. The online concert was co-organized by Bureau of Culture and Tourism of Xiamen, Federation of Fil-Chinese Association of the Philippines Foundation, Inc., and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

“Regarding China’s ties with Mindanao in the past three years, the Chinese Consulate General was established, direct airlines connecting HongKong, Jinjiang with Davao, more sister cities, sister universities relations as well as the first Confucius Institute were set up, more bilateral trade and economic cooperation such as export of young coconut and tuna, infrastructure projects are under way. Both sides support each other to battle against the covid-19 pandemic,” Lin said.