The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., (DCCCII) and the South African Embassy in the Philippines are pushing for more trade initiatives this year.
DCCCII President Dr. Malou Monteverde said during a virtual meeting with South African Ambassador to the Philippines Ambassador Bartinah Ntombizodwa Radebe-Netshitenzhe on March 17, 2021, establishing for a bilateral relation between South Africa and Davao City was discussed.
“From their end and from our end, it’s going to be more of agricultural products going there (South Africa). That is more of how it is going to be,” Monteverde said during the 3rd General Membership Meeting of DCCCII on Friday.
Monteverde added that with this partnership a sisterhood agreement with a South African city together with Davao City may be established.
“South Africa has been here for the past 10 years already and they have a lot of infra projects that they would want to connect with us. They would want to invest here also and South Africa is not the South Africa that we envisioned, it’s a very progressive country also and we are not just talking about the South Africa that we know of also known now as the South African variant. It’s more than that,” she said.
Monteverde said there is a possible trade relations between two countries, Philippines and South Africa, as it has put up an embassy in Manila for trade relations and economic activity.
“They are looking for the possibilities of having exchanges especially with our agriculture sector. They really like our agricultural products, so they look forward to our products as part of the export possibilities or opportunities. But we are still looking into the logistics sector,” she said.