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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:10

Mayor Beng Climaco formally announced the appointment of Marie Angelique “Apple” Go as the city’s new investment officer during the regular press briefing held at City Hall yesterday morning.

Describing the position as very crucial to invigorating business activities in the city, the mayor shared that as the head of the Zamboanga Investment and Promotions Services, Go will strategize plans on how to attract more investments to the city by providing a business-friendly and competitive environment.

The local chief executive likewise revealed that merely days after her formal installation as City Investment Officer, Go already succeeded in pitching the city as she, together with the Zamboanga City Economic Zone and Freeport Authority chairman and administrator Christopher Arnuco, planned for the first-ever strategic planning for chairpersons, presidents and administrators of eighteen (18) special economic zones and freeports in the country.

The said confab, which will be hosted by the city sometime in July, will pave the way for other conferences that will increase progress in the city.

Despite being new to civil service, Go assured the public that her office will lead in transforming the city into an investment hub by developing “an interest and awareness of private sector investors, both local and foreign, passive and active, in the various investment opportunities in the city, particularly those priority development projects where private sector participation is encouraged.”

According to Go, her office will encourage investments and participation in the city development projects as well as other investments in the city; encourage the startup of new projects, expansions and relocations particularly in the new growth centers identified in the city’s master development plan; and support and assist the private sector investors in information gathering as well as act as liaison with different government offices, facilitating the entry and setting-up of business operations in the city.

“As part of our short-term priorities, we will be establishing an investor-assistance servicing unit at the Sunken Garden to facilitate business-matching, briefings, consultations and a showcase of local products and feasibility studies for potential investments,” Go announced.

“Together, let us improve the investment climate in Zamboanga City,” the city investment officer asked the public. “Let us prove na bueno man negocio na Zamboanga.”

Go holds an economic degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, a master’s degree in education from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, and a Bachelor of Laws from the Western Mindanao State University.

The mayor’s newest appointee worked as a research associate with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with assignments at the head offices of the National Economic and Development Authority as well as the Department of Agriculture. — Claudine Uniana