MAKATI CITY– Bataan Governor Abet Garcia yesterday spoke before the members of European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and other businessmen sharing the role of the provincial government of Bataan in business promotion and development.
The LGU-Business Forum, a dialogue with the Department of Trade and Industry goes with the theme: “Promoting Business for Inclusive Growth” was held at the Makati Shangri-La.
The forum is aimed at providing participants a better understanding of the vision and strategy of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with regard to promoting business with inclusive growth and ensuring that an enabling environment is created in all regions of the country.
It also engages Local Government Units (LGUs), the business sector and civil society in the discussion to encourage closer collaboration among the National Government, LGUs, business sector and civil society in making regions/localities more attractive destinations for investments and trade. As new investments come in, these will lead to more jobs and support inclusive growth.
DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez who served as keynote speaker discussed his initiatives on how DTI is contributing to easing the process of doing business in the Philippines, especially in the regions and localities all over the country.
Governor Garcia was one of the LGU representatives who shared their views on how business at the LGU level can be improved and made easier.
Bataan, under Governor Abet Garcia became a fast emerging investment hub in Central Luzon with its natural resources, highly trained graduates, sufficient power supply, infrastructure and other facilities.
Foreign and local investors cited Bataan’s collective economic and financial assessment impact study of the province as their guide in engaging in industrial, manufacturing and other productive services.
Garcia recently has sought the assistance of the National Economic Development Authority to perform a prudent economic analysis of the provincial government and municipal executives of which the result will become a scholarly manifestation of an effective local manager on the right track in achieving its vision of socio-economic prosperity.
Garcia pointed out that NEDA has enough economists and survey experts to ascertain the actual performance of local executives based on its respective development plans and growth rate.
ECCP is a bilateral foreign chamber that promotes European interests in the Philippines as well as Philippine interests in Europe.
With more than 700 members, ECCP offers a strong business network that potentially translates to multiple business opportunities. It is a unique organization that offers membership as well as professional services to members and clients.