Zambo City reaps awards in 12th CAEXPO in China PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 September 2015 14:45

by Sheila Covarrubias

After four days of intensive trade, tourism and investment promotions in the 12th China-ASEAN expo (CAEXPO) in Nanning, China, the Philippine delegation, courtesy of Zamboanga City reaped 3 awards at the closing ceremony of the annual exposition.

Two of the awards- the best city of charm and the best trade organizer - were handed over to the City of Zamboanga. The third award, best in investment promotion, was handed over to the Zamboanga Economic Zone and Freeport Authority.

As this year’s ‘city of charm’ at the Philippine Pavilion, Zamboanga City (on a tie with Thailand) bested all other city of charm pavilions from China and ASEAN in view of its capacity to draw crowd during the entire 4-day exposition. Showcasing the city’s unique and colorful history and culture through songs and dances including the beautiful sites and attractions, the Zamboanga- Philippine pavilion was crowded with people from all over showing interest in the presentations and taking photos with the Zamboangueno dancers.

The best trade organizer award was based on the capacity of the Zamboanga-Philippine delegation to draw the most number of trade visitors and buyers. Zamboanga’s products – Sotto delicacies, EJT bottled goods, Universal Canning sardines were the best sellers at the Philippine commodity trade pavilion.

The best investment promotion award, meanwhile, was based on the quality of the conferences organized by the Philippines that showed to China and ASEAN that the country can invite high level officials and at the same time produce good quality conferences. Zambo Ecozone Chair Christopher Lawrence Arnuco represented the country during conferences related to industrial parks and Philippine promotions. Mayor Climaco also pitched for Zamboanga’s potentials.

This is the third time that the Philippines won the best investment promotion conference award and this year it is a tie with Laos and Myanmar.

Mayor Climaco expressed pride and thanked the members of the delegation that worked hard for the achievements, specifically the City Investment and Promotions division under Apple Go as well as the members of the City Council, the department heads and the representatives from the Zamboanga Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Los Contratistas de Zamboanga and the exhibitors and the small medium enterprises (SMEs) that supported the promotion campaign for Zamboanga City.

“We thank everyone who worked hard for the success of CAEXPO and the China business opportunities,” the mayor added.

The 12th CAEXPO was held Sept. 18-21 at the Nanning International Convention and Exposition Center (NICEC) in Nanning, Guangzhou Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China. For 12 years now, the CAEXPO has been a standout from other trade fairs bearing the missions of consolidating the friendly relationships between China and ASEAN, accelerating the China-ASEAN Free Trade Act (CAFTA) construction and promoting the cooperation between both sides in various fields. — Sheila Covarrubias