Celso positive on Turkish biz investment efforts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 17:07

Mayor Celso Lobregat has cited the efforts of the Turkish community to develop a long-term business relationship with local counterparts as he expressed confidence that this initiative will help boost the city’s economy.

Mayor Lobregat Friday graced the business matching activity initiated by the Turkish Chamber of Commerce in Zamboanga (TCCZ) to provide small and medium enterprises (SME) companies with a wide range of potential business partners.

The Turkish Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc.-Zamboanga was launched in Zamboanga last December 5 at the behest of the Turkish community headed by Mehmet Cetin, director of the Filipino Turkish Tolerance School. It is based in Suterville and is initiating measures to pave the way for business ventures between its members and their counterparts in Zamboanga.

The business matching activity was attended by members of the Zamboanga business community and other sectors that included contractors, doctors, educators and lawyers and many others. 

“Barely one month after its launching, the TCCP-Zamboanga is proving its worth by conducting this business forum for the target sectors. This is truly starting the New Year right and if I may add, with a sense of urgency”, the mayor said in his message during the forum.

With pride the mayor said Zamboanga City under his administration enjoys a robust economy owing to the strong partnership among the local business establishments. “If you go around the city, new businesses are sprouting like mushrooms—so to speak. This is so, because our administration is promoting a business-friendly climate in the city.”

Since January 23, he said, City Hall has been teeming with people every day for the renewal of business permits which will end on January 20. This, he stressed, is proof that the city government is enjoying the trust of the public, particularly the business community, by paying taxes.

“This business forum comes at a time when our administration with one year and a half to go is pushing the theme, “Doing things right with a sense of urgency.” We have to do nothing but the right things as fast as we could to spur further economic progress and development in Zamboanga City”, he added.
Also present during the forum were Councilors Nonong Guingona and Rudy Lim, Western Mindanao Command Chief LTGen. Raymundo Ferrer, Universidad de Zamboanga President Arturo Eustaquio III and many other personalities. — Sheila Covarrubias