“We are organizing this as an international investment conference that is why even this year’s ICON theme is "Your Southeast Asian Investment Destination,” says Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (DCCCII) president Art Milan.
The DCCII is organizing the ICON together with the cooperation of the various foreign chamber of commerce in Davao particularly the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP), The Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Mindanao, American Chamber of Commerce in Mindanao and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Davao City.
“We want Davao ICON 2019 to be bigger than the one held in 2017 because of the participation of the different foreign chamber of commerce,” Milan said.
Among the highlights of the Davao ICON 2019 will be announcement of the Davao City-Doha airline route by Qatar Airways, the anticipated attendance of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and possibly the presence of Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, chairman of the Alibaba Group whose invitation is being assisted by the Consulate General of China in Davao City.
John Carlo Tria, Executive Vice President of the DCCCII says Davao Region provides potentials and opportunities for foreign investors, one factor is the high economic growth of the region which hit a historic 10.9% Gross Regional Domestic Product growth in 2017.
Meanwhile ECCP president Nabil Francis said the ECCP is supporting the DCCCII in this year’s Davao ICON.
“The ECCP’s role is facilitating the relationship between our members and the business members of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce. There is a strong potential for development in this region,” Francis said.
The Davao ICON 2019 will be held this June 20-21 at the SMX Davao in Lanang, Davao City. (PIA/RG Alama)