The business community here in Mindanao is wrapping up its preparation for the 19th Mindanao Business Conference, to be held here in Cagayan de Oro City on September 17-18 at the Grand Caprice Convention Center.

Ruben A. Vegafria, conference director of the 19th MinBizCon said that prior to the business congress they had consultations with the chambers of commerce and business leaders in six different regions to come up with a common vital concern that would be addressed during the business conference.

The regional consultations conducted earlier raised common concerns on energy, agriculture and mining, such will be the focus of the plenary topics to be deliberated and discussed during the Mindanao Business Conference.

Ralph Paguio, president of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. likewise revealed the innovation introduced for this year’s conference and that is the high-level roundtable discussions with the different government departments prior to the event.

The roundtables are designed to serve as a review of government actions taken over the previous years.

He said, with this strategy they were able to present immediate solutions to some of the pressing concerns during the congress.

The Mindanao Business Conference will run in parallel with the Mindanao Investment Forum, OTOP Mindanao Island Fair and OROBEST Expo 2010.

The trade fair will be joined by eighteen (18) American firms. US Ambassador to the Philippines, Harry Thomas is expected to grace the opening of MinBizCon.

Xavier University will likewise host a stockholders Forum in Energy on September 16.

Organizers of MinBizCon are also hopeful for the presence of President Aquino, to be able to identify the administration’s policy directions for Mindanao that they can also work in parallel with it. (PIA 10)

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