Davao City’s A-one performance at the Philippine Cities Competitive Survey will add luster at this week’s celebration of SME Week organized by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Council led by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
A motorcade will kick off the activities at 8 this morning with formal rites set at 10 at the NCCC Activity Center. I will be wearing two hats at the opening – represent Mayor Rody Duterte and as key partner of the SMED Council. My office provided funds for the celebration including the cash prize for the Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Various fora, seminars, trade exhibits and the annual Davao Business Conference on Friday will highlight the week-long festivities. A potential hot issue at the business confab is the concern of the business community on increasing attacks by rebels on businesses.
A sidelight is the business meeting of the Consular Corps in Davao on Wednesday. Invited by the corps, which groups consuls from Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and honorary consuls from the Czech Republic, Palau and Spain, are the presidents of the local chamber of commerce and the American and Japanese chambers.
My friend Hiroshi Mitsuya, Director of the Japanese Consulate will host the meeting at Marco Polo Hotel.
Also this week, the University of the Philippines (UP-Mindanao) in partnership with the Curtin University of Technology based in Western Australia will hold an international seminar on supply chains in transitional economies. About 60 participants from Australia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa, Ukraine, US and the Philippines will meet at Waterfont Insular Hotel.
I will open the conference tomorrow in behalf of Mayor Duterte.