■CEZA INVESTMENT SUMMIT 2018
As the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) pursues its commitment to provide information on investment opportunities and trade in the various sectors of development at the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP), all deemed toward attracting legitimate and productive local and foreign investments and thus, creating employment opportunities in and around the Freeport.
The Investment Summit will be the main venue to gather investors, entrepreneurs and experts from both private and public sectors and discuss strategic actions to create a better investment and business environment in Santa Ana, Cagayan.
Through this Summit, policy makers and decision makers will be able to give a clear and concise information about policy directions, plans, priorities, revised and new rules and regulations of CEZA and to effectively and efficiently provide quality services for excellent customer satisfaction that will enlighten the participants in leveraging investments to Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP).
This will also provide an exclusive opportunity for investors and business executives to personally interact with Government Officials, policy makers and decision makers to address challenges of the sectors, share their agenda and get firm investment commitments.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
At the CEZA Investment Summit, stakeholders, clients, business leaders/ corporations and prospective locators will:
• Gain insights on CEZA’s policy directions, plans and priorities, revised and new rules and regulations;
• Develop in-depth understanding about how an ecozone development as an imperative measure will bolster inclusive socioeconomic growth in the region including related policies, rules and regulations applicable to Cagayan Freeport Zone;
• Meet key players and discuss possible avenues for partnerships; and
• Network with existing and new contacts to build harmonious working relationships for the future
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
• Heads of Concerned Government Organizations
• Local Government Units of the Province of Cagayan
• Chief Executive Officers/ Chief Investment Officers of Banking/ Financial Institutions, Manufacturing Companies, Real Estate Holdings, Shopping Malls, etc.
• Stakeholders/ Locators
• Prospective Private Sector Investors
• Non- Government Organizations and Peoples Organizations
• Other Interested Parties or Individuals
■CEZA actively partakes in the 27th North Luzon Area Business Conference
Sec. Raul L. Lambino, CEZA Administrator and CEO, delivers his remarks before the leaders of the industry on their 27th North Luzon Area Business Conference (NLABC), an annual event of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), held on May 18, 2018 at the LausGroup Event Centre in the City of San Fernando.
CEZA head, Sec. Raul Lambino, was a speaker during the culminating ceremony of the 27th North Luzon Area Business Conference (NLABC) held on May 18, 2018 at the LausGroup Event Center, San Fernando, Pampanga.
The event is said to have gathered over 600 delegates from all over North Luzon, including Ilocos Region, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley, and to have the biggest and most organized NLABC in 30 years. Rene Romero, Vice-Chairman of Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry that hosted this year’s NLABC, shared his positive thoughts about the anticipated economic boom in the area, with Pampanga now “experiencing the spill over of Metro Manila and big players now eyeing us as their next prospect.”
NLABC is an annual business conference organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCIA) aimed at informing, inspiring and motivating businesses to stimulate local economic growth. The event was keynoted by former President and now Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who shared and discussed the government’s “Megalopolis” plan.
The three-day event included a regional trade fair, seminars, networking and business-matching sessions, invitational golf tournament and a plenary sessions led by AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, top Filipino economist Dr. Bernie M. Villegas, and Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary for Planning and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Dr. Maria Catalina E. Cabral, among others.
■MGen Antonio Lim of Philippine Airforce arrived at Lal-lo Airport via C295 aircraft for a briefing and ocular inspection of the 10 has. land donated by CEZA
■Representative from Air Asia visited Lal-lo Airport, Port Irene and San Vicente port and other tourism destination in Sta.Ana
On photo: Capt. Dexter Comendador, CEO, Maan Hontiveros, Chairwoman, Edward Joseph Gupit, Marketing Executive, Desiree Maxino Bandal, Group Head, Government Policy and ASEAN, AirAsia
■CEZA joins Investment Roadshow to Taipei (Philippine Business Forum and Business Matching)
CEZA joined other investment promotion agencies (IPA’s) for the three-day Philippine Business Forum and Business Matching roadshow on April 23 to 25, 2018 in Taipei. The roadshow included the following itinerary: April 23 – travel to Taiwan Information Service Industry Association April 24 – Travel to Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturer Association April 25 – Travel to Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corporation CEZA took this opportunity to present the distinct advantage of the Cagayan Freeport, with its proximity to Taiwan and to other big economic conglomerates. It has also presented its key development thrusts in shipping and transshipment, tourism and ecotourism, agri-industrial development and ICT development. The Philippine Investment Delegation was met by a high level of interest and inquiries from Taiwanese business community and attendees of the event.
■CEZA PROMOTES SOLAR POWER DEVELOPMENT AT THE CAGAYAN FREEPORT
CEZA seals an MOU for Solar Power Development
Sec. Raul Lambino, CEZA Administrator and CEO, seals another Memorandum of Understanding, this time with Mr. Reynaldo Casas, NVVSolar Team President for Projects, for a solar power development endeavour at the Cagayan Freeport.
■A CUTTING-EDGE BROADBAND SERVICE FOR CEZA’S JURISDICTION
■CEZA TO STRENGTHEN ITS SECURITY AND SUPPORT SYSTEM
CEZA, through its Administrator and CEO, Sec. Raul Lambino, together with the Iris Corporation Berhad, through its Group CEO, Shaifal Subhan, and Positive Paragon Sendirian Berhad, through its Executive Officer, Gary Lee Seaton, signed a memorandum of understanding last March 01, 2018 for the construction and implementation of a High Security Electronic Border Control System, a Biometric Identification Card System, e-Wallet solutions and other airport management services.
■A HYBRID POWER GENERATION FOR THE CAGAYAN FREEPORT
CEZA, represented by its administrator and CEO, Sec. Raul Lambino, entered into another memorandum of understanding on February 28, 2018 with HPM Power Corp., represented by Paul Delanoe, Executive Vice President of Eco- Gen Energy Inc.; Ricardo F. Ligan, President of Social Hybrid Power Inc.; and Howard G. Roxas, President of Globalone- Asia Power Inc., for the creation of a turnkey distributed-generation facility/plant.
This undertaking aims to construct a turnkey distributed-generation facility, including 50 Eco-Gen JouleBox® units of hybrid solar/wind generators necessary to produce three megawatts of electrical power and an estimated total of over 26,000,000 kwh annually for exclusive purchase of CEZA, among others.
■The 2018 CEZA-Eastern Hawaii National Motocross Championship
The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), in partnership with one of its locators, Eastern Hawaii Leisure Company Ltd., and with the support of LGU-Sta. Ana, held the 2018 CEZA-Eastern Hawaii National Motocross Championship on April 14 & 15, 2018 in Centro, Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
The event, which is part of the second round of this year’s Philippine championship series of the National Motorcycle Sports and Safety Association (NAMSSA), gathered about 130 riders, which included prominent national and Asian campaigners. This also included the Philippine Motocross Rider of the Year, Kenneth San Andres, and other challengers like Moy-Moy Flores and Gabriel “Bilog” Macaso, among others.
The off-road track in Centro, Sta. Ana, Cagayan Freeport prepared for this event were specifically designed to meet the safety standards and technical guidelines of the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM), the world’s governing body for two-wheel motorsports.
This event is part of CEZA’s tourism promotions efforts and is just first among the many more to come soon.
■CNIA LAUNCHES MAIDEN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
The Cagayan North International Airport (CNIA) has launched its first international flight from Macau on March 23, 2018. CEZA has received a Temporary Aerodrome Certificate from the Civil Aviation of the Philippines (CAAP) after the facilities on its runway were upgraded, its precision approach path indicator was installed, and obstruction along the runway has been cleared. The first domestic flight of Cebu Pacific to the Lallo town airport will follow in April. With a robust upgrade from its previous capacity, the CNIA can now operate international flights and hopes to accommodate even bigger aircrafts like Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 soon.
■PRRD WITNESSES THE DESTRUCTION OF USED VEHICLES
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with CEZA A/CEO Sec. Raul Lambino, leads the destruction of the contraband vehicles on March 14, 2018 at Port Irene, Sta. Ana, Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport.
In his speech, President Duterte said, “This condemnation of these smuggled vehicles demonstrates our firm stand to put an end to a longstanding societal disease that has eroded public trust and tainted the government’s sincerity to deliver equitable social services.” He also added that it also “signifies our strong resolve to restore good governance, preserve our nation’s dignity, and safeguard our people’s welfare.”
■ENHANCED PORT OPERATIONS AT THE CAGAYAN FREEPORT LAUNCHES SOON
CEZA and Shiptek Solutions Corporation formalize partnership in the enhancement of the Cagayan Freeport’s port operations through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on March 16, 2018 at the CEZA Pasig City Office.
Shiptek Solutions Corporation, through its Founder and CEO, Eugenio S. Ynion, Jr., and CEZA, through its Administrator and CEO, Sec. Raul L. Lambino, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 16, 2018 at the CEZA Pasig City Office. The MOU formalizes the partnership of the two parties in the enhancement of the ports at the Cagayan Freeport through the introduction of a new system that can help streamline the ports’ operations. The innovative technology, which is referred to as XLOG, is a fully integrated system with complete logistics system, and can track and document the movement of goods from their point of origin to their final destination, thus improving revenue capture and enhancing security. Said system is intended to be implemented this 2018.
■HALAL FOOD PROCESSING PLANT, A HIGH-RISE HOTEL AND A MID-RISE HOTEL WITH A DUTY-FREE MALL SOON TO RISE AT THE CAGAYAN FREEPORT
CEZA signs an MOU with M1 Worldwide Philippines, Inc. and Global Intellectual Capital (GIC) for the development of a 105-ha Halal food processing plant, a two-ha 25-storey hotel and a Acting Deputy Administrator; Mr. Ahmad Faris Mohd Noor, M1 Worldwide Phils., Inc. Vice Chairman, and Mr. Caesar P. Villapañe, Global Intellectual Capital Director, among others.four-storey seaside hotel with duty-free mall
The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), M1 Worldwide Philippine, Inc. and Global Intellectual Capital (GIC) have agreed and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 12, 2018 at the CEZA Pasig City Office to develop a 105-hectare Halal Hub food processing plant, a two-hectare 25-storey hotel and a four-storey seaside hotel with duty-free mall at the Cagayan Freeport.
The MOU was signed by Sec. Raul L. Lambino, CEZA Administrator and CEO; Mr. Muhammad Aminuddin Abdullah II, M1 Worldwide Phils., Inc. CEO; and Mr. Tan Peng Kwan, GIC Group of Companies CEO. Also present to witness the MOU signing were Mr. Raymundo Roquero, CEZA
■CEZA TAKES ANOTHER LEAP TO ESTABLISH ONE OF THE FINEST FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY HUB IN ASIA
FinTech PH and CEZA sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 08, 2018 at the CEZA Pasig City Office to develop the economic zone into a financial technology hub
In recognition to the invaluable contribution of Financial Technology (Fintech) companies in worldwide trade and commerce and its potential to induce and accelerate a sound and balance industrial, economic and social development of the Cagayan Freeport, CEZA has recently collaborated with FinTech Philippines Association (FinTech PH) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by CEZA Administrator and CEO, Sec. Raul L. Lambino, and FinTech PH Co-Founder, Mr. Thomas Laughlin. The MOU make the two parties partners in the shared strategic and cooperation priorities to support the development of regulations that shall promote sustainable growth of the Cagayan Freeport as a world-class hub for fintech organizations, ideas, talents and endeavors and to also support the organizations applying modern technologies, such as cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies, alternatives to current financial infrastructure, and others to the current, and future, challenges with regard to financial activities and regulations applicable. This partnership is another step taken by CEZA towards its mission of making the Cagayan Freeport one of the leading financial technology hubs in Asia.
FinTech PH is a non-stock/non-profit association of FinTech organizations, individuals, and associates bound to encourage the development, growth, and success of FinTech within the Philippines.
■CEZA ADVANCES POWER DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CAGAYAN FREEPORT
CEZA inks MOU to undertake the development of a Power Master Plan
CEZA A/CEO Sec. Raul L. Lambino and DNV GL Singapore Pte. Ltd. Business Development Head Yatin Premchand signs MOU to advance power development in the Cagayan Freeport
CEZA, through its Administrator and CEO, Sec. Raul L. Lambino, inks a Memorandum of Agreement with DNV GL Singapore Pte. Ltd., through its Business Development Head, Mr. Yatin Premchand, on March 06, 2018 for the development of a power master plan for CEZA. In this agreement, CEZA hopes to be able to determine the current state of this Authority’s energy access, infrastructure and resource constraints, to deploy viable solutions to meet CEZA’s development objectives, actionable projects, timelines, gaps and opportunities, and to develop an implementation support plan for CEZA’s opportunities in relation to energy development.
DNV GL Singapore Pte. Ltd. is a Singaporean company that provides independent testing, inspections and advisory services for the energy value chain, including wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations.
■23rd CEZA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
February 24, 2018 marked CEZA’s 23rd anniversary. The CEZA personnel commemorated the occasion through a simple celebration done separately by the Cagayan team on February 24 and by the Manila team on February 26, both of which were joined by CEZA A/CEO Sec. Raul L. Lambino and the rest of the top management. The commemoration was also an opportunity for CEZA personnel to review their past performance and for the new management to gauge their plans and accomplishments so far. Being an ISO 9001:2015 certified, CEZA is committed to provide the highest quality of products and services to provide excellent customer satisfaction.
■ISO 9001:2015 OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION
CEZA is now ISO 9001:2015 certified! On February 26, 2018, Ma. Melanie Olbita, general manager of the International Standard Certification Philippines Inc., officially turned over CEZA’s certificate of registration to Sec. Raul Lambino, CEZA’s administrator and chief executive officer. Leonardo Cruz, CEZA’s Special Assistant to the A/CEO who chaired the Authority’s Quality Management System Core Team, said that the certification is a significant milestone for CEZA as it demonstrates the Authority’s dedication to consistently provide the highest standards of products and services to meet its customers’ satisfaction. ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization, with a membership of 162 countries including the Philippines, which has developed international standards to ensure that customers receive consistently high-quality products and services.
■ISO 9001-2015 STAGE 2 AUDIT
After achieving Stage 1 Audit last February 6, 2018, CEZA leaped to another milestone for the Stage 2 Final Audit at CEZA Pasig Office on February 13, 2018. International Certification Standardization (ISC) Global, the accredited certifying body for ISO 9001:2015, has finally endorsed and commended CEZA, after an extensive audit to the Authority’s internal operations of its three (3) offices (Pasig, Tuguegarao, Santa Ana). The audit has revealed that CEZA demonstrates effective implementation of quality management system and provides evidence of excellent services to its customers and clients. This also proves that the agency is continuously striving for excellence in the name of public service.
■ISO 9001-2015 STAGE 1 AUDITThe Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) underwent the Stage 1 Audit of the ISO 9001:2015 (International Organization for Standardization) at CEZA Pasig Office on February 06, 2018 hurdling the initial steps towards world-class quality management system the certifying body, International Certification Standardization (ISC) Global consisted of Ms. Melanie L. Olbita as the General Manager, Mr. Leo Enrico S. Salano as the Lead Auditor and Ms. Irene P. Calantog, Auditor. The area audited included Context of the Organization, Leadership, Planning, Support, Operation, Performance Evaluation and Improvement. ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. ■SINO SUN GROUP CEZA Administrator and CEO, Secretary Raul L. Lambino welcomed the group of Sino Sun Subic Bay Holdings Corporation headed by their Chairman Samuel PS Lim in signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 1, 2018 at the CEZA Board Room, Pasig City. The signing ceremony was also joined by CEZA Top Officials and Sino Sun Executives who signed as witnesses during the ceremony.The MOU confirms the cooperation between the two institutions which aims to conduct a feasibility study for infrastructural and economic development to attract and support future investments in the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP). It will likewise include a study on establishing a FinTech City at the zone which will cater to and support financial technology industries such as block chain center, cryptocurrency mining farm, financial technology start-up incubators and cryptocurrency exchange, among others, which will not only create significant employment opportunities but will also put the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport on the international financial map.
■SHANGHAI GRID ELECTRIC POWER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. (SHGE) On Wednesday, February 1, 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority spearheaded by Administrator and Chief Executive Officer, Secretary Raul L. Lambino and Shanghai Grid Electric Power Science and Technology Co., Ltd., (SHGE) represented by its Chairman, Lei Li at the CEZA Boardroom in Pasig City.The objective is to develop the Cagayan Economic Zone and Freeport as a self-sustaining industrial, commercial, investment, financial and tourism-recreational center as it opens itself to business opportunities with attractive incentives and advantages for interested investors that would like to register in CEZA.The Shanghai Grid Electric Power Science and Technology Co., Ltd (SHGE) aims to bring in investment within the Cagayan Economic Zone and Freeport in the form of a 200-megawatt coal power plant and its supporting industrial parts, operations, power generation and related business activities.The signing was also joined by CEZA Top Officials and SHGE Executives who signed as witnesses during the ceremony. ■MVP ASIA PACIFIC INC. (MVP)/ TRIVICITI GLOBAL LIMITED (TRIVICITI) A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Cagayan Economic Zone Authority headed by its Administrator and CEO Secretary Raul L. Lambino, MVP Asia Pacific Inc. (MVP) represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Darren Mcvean and TRIVICITI Global Limited (TRIVICITI) represented by Chief Executive Officer, Mark A. Bond. The signing was a kick start cooperation between the three institutions in CEZA’s collective effort to develop a commercial investment center at the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP).The purpose of this MOU is to explore, plan and scope out the work required to achieve the objective of making the Cagayan Economic Zone and its surrounding areas, a world class smart city center in the Philippines.The brief ceremony was held on February 1, 2018 at the CEZA Boardroom in Pasig City. ■Regional Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking 02 CEZA joins The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) in celebrating the International Day Against Trafficking (IDAT) activity which aims to promote awareness on Human Trafficking with a theme “Wakasan ang Human Trafficking, Ito’y Ating Tungkulin”.In Photo: Head Technical Assistant and Officer-in-Charge of CEZA Cagayan Offices Laurence M. Umayam receives Certificate of Appreciation awarded to CEZA by DSWD and IACAT for its continuous and active support in the realizationof the Regional Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking’s goal to eliminate human trafficking in Region IITrafficking’s goal to eliminate human trafficking in Region II ■CEZA PAMASKONG HANDOG 2017 WITH LGU-STA. ANA
Every December, CEZA expresses its gratitude and appreciation to the community by holding gift-giving activities. For this activity, CEZA invites its locators and other supporters to participate in the event through sponsorship or donation of gift packages. CEZA, then organizes a thanksgiving and children’s party and goes around the area to distribute gifts.
On December 4-5, 2017, 700 grocery packages were distributed to indigent families in the various barangays. This was made possible with the sponsorship of CEZA locator, Cagayan Holiday and Leisure Resort Co.
On December 09, 2017 CEZA, headed by Laurence M. Umayam, Officer-in-Charge of CEZA Cagayan Offices together with Mayor Darwin Tobias of LGU- Sta. Ana held its yearly “Pamaskong Handog” activity participated in by 350 children and their parents/guardian.
■ November 21, 2017Sec. Lambino visits flood victims; distributes relief goods
Cagayan Economic Zone Authority Administrator & CEO Sec. Raul L. Lambino together with Officer-in-Charge of CEZA Cagayan Offices Laurence M. Umayam and CEZA Board of Directors Mr. Jaime Escano, Mr. Arturo Baustista, Mr. Ernesto Fueconcillo and Mr. Jose Balagan Sr. visited the flood hit barangays in Santa Ana, Cagayan on November 18, 2017 to personally oversee the distribution of relief goods to the families affected by flooding and landslide due to heavy rains brought by the convergence of the Northeast Monsoon and the tail-end of a cold front last November 4-8.
Sec. Lambino in partnership with the officials of the Local Government Unit of Santa Ana distributed the relief goods in an activity dubbed as ALAY KAPWA PARA SA MGA NASALANTA NG BAHA 2017.
The devastation caused two casualties and has affected 5, 773 families, of which 29 houses were totally washed out. Sec. Raul Lambino directed OIC Umayam and CEZA officials to immediately take all the needed steps to ensure that relief services are provided speedily, to cover all the 16 barangays of the municipality of Santa Ana.
■ CEZA Disaster Response Team in Action:
Since November 1-8, 2017 a Low Pressure Area has brought continuous heavy rains upon Cagayan and some adjacent Provinces in the Region. The CEZA Disaster Response Team composed of the Environment, Security, Community Development, Engineering and Support Services headed by MR. LAURENCE A. UMAYAM, CEZA OIC Sta. Ana have anticipated the aggravating effects of this developing weather condition by taking the following actions:
The Team disseminated advisories together with the Local Government Unit of Sta Ana/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Local PNP and other friendly forces to the concerned barangays to warn the public.
CEZA Disaster Response Team together with the uniformed services consisting of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and other friendly forces augmented their search and rescue (SAR) assets already operating in the entire municipality, to include the following:
CEZA Heavy Equipments such as the bulldozer and backhoe carried to the sites to rescue in the clearing of landslides in Dalupang, San Vicente, Visitacion, Kapanikian, Casagan, Rapuli and some affected Barangays of Sta Ana;
Pre-emptive evacuations were conducted at the Barangay level. However, some residents particularly in the area of San Vicente, Cagayan initially refused but eventually acceded to be evacuated;
CEZA backhoe does the deeper excavation of drainage canals along side of the roads within Barangays of Centro and Visitacion to fasten discharge flood water; and
The team also joined the PNP and local officials for the search and rescue of some noted casualties in the affected areas.
FAMILIES AFFECTED WITH FLOOD
BARANGAY AND NO. OF AFFECTED FAMILIES
STA CLARA – 263
MAREDE – 166
CASAGAN – 170
PARADA BATU – 90
STA CRUZ – 120
TANGATAN – 453
PALAWIG – 725
SAN VICENTE – 1171
CASAMBALANGAN – 125
VISITACION - 220
RAPULI – 177
DIORA ZINUNGAN – 200
CENTRO - 1329
KAPANIKIAN – 213
PATUNUNGAN – 328
TOTAL – 5,773
TOTAL NO. OF CASUALTIES
BARANGAY: SAN VICENTE and RAPULI
TOTAL – 2
TOTALLY WASHED OUT HOUSES AFFECTED BY LANDSLIDES/SOIL EROSIONS = 29
■ October 03, 2017 to PresentCEZA Pasig Office Quality Management System Sessions for ISO 9001:2015
CEZA is currently working on its accreditation for ISO 9001:2015 and organized a Quality Management System (QMS) Core Team to undergo the necessary preparations for the said accreditation.
CEZA endeavors to improve internal efficiency and effectiveness, provide quality service to its customers, enhance customer satisfaction and improve its overall performance as a government-owned and controlled corporation.
■ October 16-19, 2017 Johannesburg, South Africa
CEZA attended the 2017 International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) Conference on October 16-19, 2017 at Johannesburg, South Africa. The IAGR is composed of representatives from various gaming regulatory organizations throughout the world. Every year, IAGR gathers to encourage and promote cooperation, share information and develop best practices in the gaming industry.■ Oct. 09, 2017
PICC , Manila
■ Sept. 30-Oct. 06, 2017 Tokyo, Japan CEZA also participated in the Philippine Investment Promotion Plan (PIPP) Campaign on September 30 to October 06, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. This is an annual campaign participated by the country’s investment promotions agencies and aims to promote the Philippines as an investment option to specific targeted markets worldwide.
■ Sept. 04-09, 2017 Vladivostok, Russia
CEZA was part of the Philippine delegation led by DTI sent to conduct a trade and investment scoping mission and to participate in the Eastern Economic Forum on September 04-09, 2017 at Vladivostok, Russia. The mission aimed to promote Philippine trade and investment opportunities to Russian importers and buyers of food products, government representatives of the Primorsky Territory, officials and members of the Primorsky Chamber of Commerce and Industry, officials of the commercial port of Vladivostok, and the Far Eastern Development Corporation. Philippine delegates included representatives from CEZA, the Department of Agriculture (DA), PEZA, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Philippines-Russia Business Council (PRBC), the Philippine-Russian Business Assembly, Inc. (PRBA), and the Mindanao Banana Farmers & Exporters Association (MBFEA). This opportunity became a significant platform to increase trade and investment between the country and Russia. The country intends to supply Russia high-quality export products of food and agricultural products, garments, personal care products. It also offers opportunities in electronics, IT-BPM, tourism, retail trade, oil and gas, aerospace, energy, and, parallel with the current administration’s “Build Build Build” program, investment potential in the sectors of infrastructure and public-private partnership (PPP) projects.
■ August 05-12, 2017 Australia
CEZA was part of the Philippine Investment Promotion Plan (PIPP) Investment Roadshow delegation that visited Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia on August 05-12, 2017. The event was organized by the Board of Investments (BOI), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Australia-Philippines Business Council and was participated by the heads of CEZA, the Philippine Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB), Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA), Zamboanga City Economic Zone Authority (ZCEZA) and BOI Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The roadshow spurred interest of potential Australian investors, particularly in agriculture, ecotourism and outsourcing, which are said to be the areas of deep interest for Australian investors.