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Bohol Guv to investors: 'Invest in Bohol'

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 27 (PIA) -- Governor Erico Aristotle Aumentado welcomed the businessmen delegates and entrepreneurs to the 32nd Visayas Area Business Conference (VABC) at the Bellevue Hotel Pavillion on July 27.

While personally welcoming the delegates to the VABC comprised of 32 local chambers of commerce and industry in the Visayas as well as officials of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the governor also invited them to invest in Bohol’s 47 local government units, especially when these are bound to see the influx of tourists, scientists, educators, researchers and cultural students attracted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s designation of Bohol as part of the global geo-parks network.  

The governor said the conference fosters connection and cooperation for the Visayas businessmen, investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders to shed light on the opportunities and challenges brought about by technology and innovation.

The conference could also become a venue for sharing of ideas and business models on the use of technology, innovation and governance in bringing about climate smart and resilient tourism, which has been proven engines of development for the climate-change-vulnerable province.

Taking “Exploring New Economic Frontiers In Technology, Governance And Innovation” as conference theme, the governor said the gathering may celebrate the achievements of the business sector in the Visayas area over the past years.

He said it should also open up opportunities and challenges brought about by technology and innovations in the economy, and how this impacts on the relationship between industry and government and how everyone can all benefit from it.

As digitalization opens and closes opportunities for most, it is “shaping our future as we strive to become a smart and resilient province,” according to the governor.

“As the 32nd annual gathering of business in the Visayas proves strong commitment to developing innovative business models, it is technology, and innovation that are the driving forces in improving business operations and digital technologies, that help bring out inclusive and sustainable growth and operational efficiency in businesses,” said Department of Trade and Industry Officer in Charge Vierna Teresa Ligan.

She cited the strong push to advance technology and innovations in all processes and business operations, allowing people to benefit from innovations and do away with obsolete systems to further fuel productivity in agriculture, industry, and even services.  

According to the governor, under Bohol’s strategic change agenda, the province vows to embrace Information Communication and Technology to create a business enabling environment that encourages investors to set up shop in Bohol’s 47 towns and one city.

With the new opportunities in pursuit of climate smart agriculture and sustainable tourism, the governor seeks the continued partnership with the business sector and make these efforts result in a resilient and competitive province, making Bohol a significant player in the national stage.

And with this partnership with the business sector, the DTI hopes to see micro-small and medium enterprises get the guidance from its big brothers at the VABC, who can help scale up their production, develop their capacities, and improve relationships with the critical players in their value chains. (RAHC/PIA7 Bohol)

CREATING GOOD CLIMATE FOR INVESTMENTS. Governor Erico Aristotle Aumentado (right) joins 32nd VABC area VP for Viayas Franklin Carbon ang PCCI VP for Regional Affairs Engr Enunina Mangio along with Visayas Chamber presidents during the ribbon cuttingc eremonies to signal the start of the conferences. (PIABohol)

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