Iloilo-Guimaras: Next Investment Hub

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Iloilo-Guimaras: Next Investment Hub


The provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras are setting their caps to be the next big investment hub of the Philippines.During the one-day “Iloilo-Guimaras Investment Forum” to be held on September 4, at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila in Makati City, host Iloilo Economic Development Foundation Inc (ILEDF) will present an array of top business leaders to speak on the bright prospects and varied aspects of investments, as well as the innumerable benefits that await investors, in the city and in the two provinces. Attractive investment opportunities are in the areas of information technology and communication, tourism and agribusiness. The day begins with a commercial exhibit at 8 to 8:30 a.m. followed by welcome remarks from ILEDF officials led by Dr. Alfonso A. Uy, chairman, and Rex Drilon, president.  Messages will be delivered by Hon. Jerry P. Trenas, Mayor of Iloilo City,   Hon. Niel D. Tupas, Sr., Governor of Iloilo Province; and Hon. Felipe Hilan A. Nava, Governor of Guimaras.  Keynote speaker for the morning will be Ramon del Rosario, new Chairman of the University of Iloilo and President of PHINMA which just bought into the university, demonstrating its confidence in investing in Iloilo’s educational future.  Aurelio R. Montinola III, president and CEO of Bank of Philippine Islands, will give the luncheon address.Other business notables who have confirmed to speak are Oscar R Sanez, president of Business Processing Association  of the Phils.; Narzalina Lim, Secretary of Tourism and President of Asia-Pacific Projects Inc., Tourism & Hospitality consultants;  Mariano A. Cordero, consultant, International Rural Development Banking; Jesus N.

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