Davao City plans trade, tourism mission to Singapore, Malaysia in 2018

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DAVAO CITY — Following its recent trade and tourism mission to Japan, the Davao City government is now planning to hold a similar campaign to Malaysia and Singapore next year.

“We have direct connections with those two countries,” said Lemuel G. Ortonio, Davao City Investment Promotion Center head, referring to direct international flights.

Budget carrier AirAsia will start its Davao-Kuala Lumpur flights in December, while the Davao-Singapore route is being served by Cebu Pacific and SilkAir.

The trade mission to Singapore would be the second for the city government, with the first one held in 2012.

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Mr. Ortonio said part of next year’s visit would be pursuing investors who expressed interest five years ago.

About three months ago, members of the Singapore Business Federation visited Davao City. In a statement, they said they aim to reignite “interest among Singaporean companies to explore the Philippine market.”

The mission to Malaysia, on the other hand, would be a first for the city.

Mr. Ortonio said following the recent trade mission to Japan, several Japanese companies have already started studying possible investment projects in Davao.

Late last month, a local company and its Japanese partner announced their joint venture for a post-harvest facility project on vegetable and fruit puree, which was signed during the Japan trip.

“This new investment will be a welcome addition to the value chain in our agricultural industry. We want more of these so that we can process our agricultural commodities to finished consumer goods other than fresh produce,” he said. — Carmelito Q. Francisco