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Mayor Emano, Oro biz men off to Australia today

Cagayan de Oro City (9 October) -- City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano will lead today a group of local businessmen and trade officials in a trade mission to Australia and nearby New Zealand hoping to attract more foreign investors to consider the vast prospects of investment here in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental.

Upon arrival in Sydney, Emano and his trade delegation -- composed of the members of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber) and the provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) -- are set to meet with Consul General Ma. Theresa Lazaro of the Philippine Consul General in Sydney. then proceed to meet Mr. Wilen Van Den Broek, managing director of EMS Pty. Ltd., a manufacturer of air purification filters and inline fans who is considering relocating his companyís facilities from another Asian country to the Philippines.

After the meeting, the group will then proceed to Parramatta City to meet with the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce where Emano is expected to deliver a talk, do some networking with the local businessmen and business organizations and meet with the Parramatta City Council officials for a walking tour on various development projects around the city centre.

The trade delegation from Cagayan de Oro is also scheduled to meet with the Australia-Philippine Chamber of Commerce Industry, Inc. where Emano again is expected to deliver a talk and present Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao for possible business matching with their foreign counterparts.

There will be a business forum with the members of the Australia-Philippines Business Council the following day where it is a great chance to discuss two-way business opportunities between the two countries.

After the forum, Emano will meet with the Smithfield-Wetherill Park Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. where he is set to present the city and regionís business opportunities for the Australian businessmen.

The group is also scheduled to meet with the executives of Leighton Holdings Ltd. for possible tie-up before proceeding to New Zealand.

Emano is hopeful that their visit will bring in more investors from Australia and New Zealand who will establish their business in Cagayan de Oro and elsewhere in the island of Mindanao.

The mayor reiterated that the influx of more investments here in the city will readily translate into more job opportunities for the local residents and increased revenue for the city government to implement better and improved social services for the people here. (City Information Office/RAGCOM) [top]

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