CAGAYAN DE ORO – The Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (OroChamber) will host the 26th Mindanao Business Conference (Minbizcon) on September 7-9, 2017 at the iconic Xavier Estates Sports and Country Club, Xavier Estates, this city.

Oro Chamber President Robert E. Pizarro said that close to 1,000 business executives, investors, industry players, policy makers, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are expected to attend this year’s business conference with the theme: “Emerging Opportunities – ONE MINDANAO.”

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, Oro Chamber officers and representatives of government agencies during the 26th MINBIZCON media launch held today at Xavier Sports and Country Club.

Invited as keynote speaker is no less than the President of the Republic of the Philippines, President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Mindanao Business Conference or Minbizcon is considered the largest annual gathering of business leaders, policy makers, stakeholders and professionals both from government and private sectors to advocate policy issues and concerns through consultation and adoption of   resolutions affecting business in Mindanao.

Pizarro said MINBIZCON papers will form part of the action/policy agenda of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)   for submission to the President of the Philippines during the Philippine Business Conference traditionally held every October of each current year.

Tapped as co-hosts are the City Government of Cagayan de Oro thru Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and the Province of Misamis Oriental thru Governor “Bambi” Emano. Cooperators include Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Agriculture (DA).

Minbizcon 2017 Executive Committee is composed of the following: Robert E. Pizarro, Orochamber President, Past President Ruben A. Vegafria,  Chairman, Minbizcon 2017, PP Antonio D. Uy,  PCCI VP for Mindanao, PP Efren T. Uy, PCCI Regional Governor, Northern Mindanao and chairmen of various  management committees.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PCCI) which serves as the convenor is the voice of Philippine business and is the largest voluntary business organization in the country today. It is a proactive catalyst of development in partnership with government, local chambers and other business organization.

Co-covenor of the two-day business event is the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), created under Republic Act. No. 9996 on February 17, 2010 under President Gloria Arroyo.

MinDA serves as the lead agency in coordinating and integrating development efforts that bring about accelerated socio-economic development of Mindanao.  It was formerly known as Mindanao Economic Development Council or MEDCO.

Last year’s host was the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) led by its president Concepcion Paqueo which tackled the issues  on Mindanao’s capability to sustain inclusive economic growth including concerns affecting the agricultural and tourism sector.

Other issues taken up were slow internet and telecom connection, peace and security, climate change and power issues (high electricity rates and outages) and renewable sources of energies in Mindanao.

Oro Chamber is a voluntary non-stock, non-profit business support organization that provides leadership for the business community in Cagayan de Oro and its influence area.

Through the years, Oro Chamber remains as one of the leading local chamber of commerce of the Philippines. It is the first “Hall of Fame Awardee” of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PCCI). Oro Chamber prides itself as the first host of MINBIZCON in 1992, 3rd in 1994, 12th in 2003, 19th in 2010 and 26th in 2017.

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