Nego-Tour 2014 to highlight ZN’s priority investment areas PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 May 2014 11:41

The provincial government of Zamboangadel Norte is set to promote the province’s vast mineral deposits, sprawling agricultural lands, and numerous tourism sites among the potential areas for investments during the Agri-Tourism Investments Forum (Nego-Tour ’14) to be held on May 29-30, 2014 in Dipolog City.

DTI-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Director Noel Bazan disclosed that his office is one of the agencies tapped by the provincial government to facilitate the forum which he said is timed with the celebration of the 62nd founding anniversary of the province of Zamboanga del Norte.

“The province virtually sits atop deposits of precious and semi-precious minerals, barely tapped – among them chromite, silver, and gold. Vast logged over areas beg for plantation or agricultural development. The province too is blest with a lot of historical sites as well as scenic spots, many still in pristine, unspoilt condition suitable for eco-tourism development. Add to these the mild weather, rich culture and warm hospitality of the people, and you have the perfect place for those who may want to invest and unwind, or to stay for good while doing business on the side,” Bazan said.

Bazan further disclosed that Dr. SittiAmina Jain, OIC-Rergional Director of DTI-9 was specifically invited by the provincial government to talk on investment opportunities in modern rubber production during the forum.

Bazan said that Zamboanga del Norte, like the rest of the region  is highly suitable for rubber production. “And we still have plenty of idle lands for plantation development in the province.,”he added.

“We want our investors though to adopt modern methods of farming because productivity and the resulting return on investments (ROI)  is way, way below using the traditional way as compared with our ASEAN neighbors – Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Muchmore compared with India, which reportedly gets the highest yield perhectare among the major rubber producing countries in the world, “Bazan said.

“In behalf of the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte, we invite everyone , most especially those who have the money but don’t know where to invest, to come and participate in the Nego-Tour ‘14. You will surely enjoy the sights and sounds of Zambo Norte even as you will get to be acquainted with the many opportunities for business in the province,”Bazan said in closing. — Lowell S. Vallecer