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PIA Press Release
2008/11/04

BIMP-EAGA gears up for senior officials meeting in Indonesia

Makassar, Indonesia (4 November) -- All roads lead here in Makassar, South Sulawesi as key officials, ministers and delegates meet for a series of high-level meetings to discuss the status and immediate actions to be undertaken for the efforts towards strengthening the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) sub-regional economic cooperation.

From November 4 to 6, the BIMP-EAGA 17th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)/13th Ministers Meeting (MM) will gather key officials and private sector of the EAGA-member countries to discuss and assess the revitalization roadmap for BIMP-EAGA and recommend strategic directions for the coming year as instructed by the BIMP-EAGA Heads of States.

The SOM/MM is held annually and hosted by the member countries on a rotation basis. The Philippines successfully hosted the said meetings last year, facilitated by the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo), the Philippine Coordinating Office (PCO) for BIMP-EAGA.

Concurrently, the 3rd Chief Ministers, Governors, and Heads of Local Government Forum will be held on November 5 in the same venue here.

Following the 2nd LGU forum held in Koronadal City last year, the meeting aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation among the LGUs within the sub-region as well as to promote trade and investment opportunities among the sub-region's focus areas.

"With the Senior Officials and Ministers Meeting as well as the 3rd LGU Forum, we hope to assess the headways of the BIMP-EAGA revitalization efforts with strong emphasis on strengthening ties between and among the EAGA member countries," said Undersecretary Virgilio Leyretana, chairperson of MEDCo.

Results of the first BIMP-EAGA Community Based Ecotourism Conference will also be presented during the SOM/MM.

The conference, which was concluded last November 1 in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, was aimed at coming up with a BIMP-EAGA ecotourism roadmap with a common direction towards sustainable management and development of the sub-region's ecotourism sites.

Also expected on these meetings are representatives from the BIMP-EAGA Business Council, BIMP-Facilitation Center, BIM National Secretariat and development partners. (MEDCo) [top]

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