Pre-registered delegates to 2013 MinBizCon highest in Congress history

The number of delegates who have pre-registered for the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference slated in Davao City from August 8 to 10, 2013 is the highest so far compared to the past conferences.

“Filipinos do not really pre-register their attendance to conferences since they prefer to go directly to the event but I tell you that the pre-registered participants for this year’s MinBizCon is the highest ever,” 22nd MinBizCon Conference Director John Gaisano, Jr. said during Monda's Kapihan at SM City Annex.

Gaisano said they aim to gather a thousand participants for the Conference, mostly coming from key industries all over the country and from the economic growth area of the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area).

The organizers have previously consulted around 250 businessmen and industry leaders in five Mindanao regions as to the economic concerns they want to be presented during the Conference. “What makes this year’s MinBizCon different is the expected participation of 11 cabinet secretaries who will address the specific cluster of concerns identified by Mindanao business players and leaders,” he said.

He said there is a need to prepare Mindanao’s business sector for bigger markets abroad considering that the Philippines is set to enter into the Asean Economic Community (AEC). The AEC aims to merge members of the ASEAN community into a single market economy. Among its members are the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Singapore, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

However, Mindanao Development Authority’s (MinDA)Romeo Montenegro said that recurring issues on power problems, rotating brownouts as well as the short and long-terms measures which will be undertaken by the government will also be discussed during the MinBizCon.

Gaisano said Mindanao produces 40% of the country’s food production requirement and generates 60% of the country’s exports amounting to P130 Billion. However, Mindanao also has the greatest number of population and the greatest number of poor people.

“If they really care for the island then they will actually come here and address these issues,” he said.

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