SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Nov) – At least 200 people from the private and public sector will gather on Thursday and Friday for the first provincial business conference to be held here.
Organizers led by the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) said there were already 150 registrants as of Tuesday, including participants from two academic institutions here, St. Paul University and the Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT).
Graciela Mante, head of the Provincial Economic Enterprise and Management Office (PEEDMO), said they expect at least 200 participants.
SCCI president Willy Gan said the thrust of the PBC is to “synchronize the mindset of the public and private sector on the direction of the economic development of our province in the years to come.”
The conference will actually be the first to be held in the province that the provincial government unit will partner with the Surigao Chamber, Gan said.
In fact, there will be new business opportunities that will be highlighted during the two-day conference, Gan noted. This includes lectures on the latest business strategies and business potentials for the province and its people, he added.
Mante said organizers hope that the event – which will also include an exhibit, trade fair and business matching – “will propel the engine of the main driving forces of our economy and guide us in creating a more developed Surigao.”
She said the provincial government hopes “to develop a more solid partnership between the government and the private sector” with this activity.
The conference theme is “Responsible Governance, Green Enterprises and Productive People: Onwards to a Bag-ong (New) Surigao.” Conference speakers include experts in franchising business, mariculture, business for the environment, a topic on earth-friendly agri-businesses, mining, tourism, e-commerce and several others.
Registration for the event is at P1,500, which covers the meals and snacks, conference materials, and souvenir photo of the participants.
Secretary Lualhati Antonino, of the Mindanao Development Authority, will keynote the two-day activity. (Vanessa L. Almeda / MindaNews)