Sarangani-North Sulawesi trade eyed as BIMP– EAGA model
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / September 29) – Sarangani and an Indonesian province agreed to increase trading between them as their respective government executives also opened initial talks to smoothen out trading, Sarangani Governor Miguel Dominguez said.
Dominguez, who led a trade mission to North Sulawesi on September 21 to 25, said the mission was able to wring out stronger local government cooperation, business matching in trade and tourism and established port-to-port meeting. Read story here.
He said there were productive negotiations during business matching sessions including deals in price and shipment.
Among the products from Jose Abad Santos– Glan– Sarangani Cooperation Triangle (JAGS-CT) were beauty soaps and cosmetics, soft drinks, mango planting materials and other fruit seeds, cement and paints, cigarettes, banana, and alcoholic beverages for hotels, restaurants and pubs.
Products under negotiation for importation from Indonesia via North Sulawesi include tiles, roofs, virgin coconut oil, essential oils, tuna, wood moldings, knock-down wooden houses, yellow corn, copra, furniture, souvenir materials, and charcoal.
Dominguez said focused group discussions were being undertaken that later formulated eight tour packages between Manado in Indonesia and other cities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations via Davao.