First PH industrial summit

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By RUFFY MAGBANUA
August 16, 2019

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PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority Administrator and CEO,  Lawyer Franklin Quijano has laid down a vision for Mindanao – place the island in the pedestal of  industrial  revolution.
    
 That said, a PR blueprint has recently been laid out  by PIA Administrator Quijano for the conduct of the  first ever Philippine Industrial Summit on November 25-27, 2019 to be held at KetKai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. 
    
Aimed to entice  key players and champions of industry, the summit will kick-start  an industrial development which Administrator Quijano  has been dreaming  to happen in the country,  particularly in Mindanao – to push the region forward to the next level of economic progress.
    
Through the years, there never was enough economic development   in Mindanao  basically  aimed at improving   infrastructure, enhance connectivity and ensure balanced economic activity alongside other growth centers in the country.
    
In this three-day business convergence, captains of industries   are expected  to unlock    their power to fuel  Mindanao as the next mecca of industrial development   in three key areas of economic growth.
    
First,   make Mindanao globally competitive  by improving  connectivity and access to local and global markets.
    
 Second, invest in manufacturing, agriculture, electronics,   tech voc and other business related  programs   that will propel Mindanao’s  march to sustainable socio-economic development.
    
And third,   make Mindanao globally-competitive through the placements  of advanced technologies and trends by luring   drivers of   industries to  locate permanently their investments in Mindanao.
    
The challenge is now up for Mindanao -- to pursue socio-economic development initiatives through the four development corridors:  Northern Mindanao Development Corridor, Southern Mindanao Development Corridor, Western Mindanao Development Corridor, and the Bangsamoro Development Corridor.
    
These growth corridors are perceived as it were to provide   greater access and connectivity that can reduce transportation costs, raise the level of income, provide job opportunities and improve the competitiveness of farmers and  producers alike.
    
Moreover, global industries that would generate jobs and infra projects  consisting of ports and airports improvements, inter-regional and intermodal roads, bridges, and roll-on, roll-off shipping facilities, among others are expected to highlight during the envisioned convergence of captains of industries.
    
This summit is in support of the economic agenda and policies  of the Duterte administration viz-a-viz its build, build, build infrastructure mantra  --  sustain economic growth through   access in business opportunities for the country in particular,  and the island of Mindanao in general. 
    
Easier said, but it can be done.  What we need is political will. (ruffy44_ph2000@yahoo.com)

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