COTABATO CITY – Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Trade, Investments, and Tourism (MTIT) organized here a 2-day planning workshop to review its potential in attracting more investors and tourists in the region.
To achieve such goal, MTIT Minister Abuamir Taddik said the activity, held Feb. 16-17, was crucial in order for his personnel to arrive with concrete and substantive plans and strategies.
Programs on business matching, trade fair, business congress and networking, international business conference, establishments of negosyo centers, industry clustering, market driven industry approach, halal industry, and farm tourism were among the discussed priority strategies of the ministry.
Output of the workshop highlighted that BARMM is considered as unique region – with its rich natural and cultural resources, exotic tourist spots, and unique wildlife – that needs to be developed.
The region also has strategic air and sea ports and proximity to the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) which can make its assets more accessible for trade, investments, and tourism.
The presentation further showed that with peace and security going normal in the region, BARMM could possibly turn into an investment hub, trade center, and tourism spot in the country.
Meanwhile, Director Elyjean Portoza of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) national’s Board of Investments Legal and Compliance Service, emphasized that BARMM, being an autonomous government, could create a bill that will help boost the trade, investments, and tourism facets of the region.
“Creating a bill in the BARMM will remove the uncertainties of the region and possibly, it will not only promote the BARMM but also the entire country,” Portoza said via zoom. (Bangsamoro Information Office)