Stakeholders in Iloilo and Guimaras started to map out strategies to promote investments and support the development of agriculture and aquaculture sectors.
A focused group discussion (FGD) was conducted August 14 to gather relevant data, determine their potentials for development and highlight investment opportunities.
“The master plan will be able to help and guide prospective investors in decision-making. We are strongly promoting our potentials in attracting investments,” stressed Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog who is also chairman of Metro Iloilo-Guimaras Economic Development Council.
The FGD was part of the preparations for the City Business Forum to be held in Manila in March 2014.
Organizing the forum is part of assistance being provided by USAID to City Government through INVEST Project which includes improving investment planning and promotion.
The forum will highlight investment potentials of Iloilo city and province and Guimaras Island.
It will also serve as a signal to investors, both local and foreign, that Iloilo and Guimaras are among the fast-rising “next wave” LGUs that will lead Philippine economic growth.
The FGD was initiated by Iloilo Economic Development Foundation (ILED) in partnership with the City Government and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The activity was led by ILED President Narz Lim and attended by government officials from agriculture, aquaculture, science and technology, trade and industry, and planning departments and private sector representatives.