Iloilo kicks off trade mission to US

Published June 1, 2018, 11:53 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Tara Yap

NEW YORK — The first trade mission of Iloilo City to the United States has kicked off today in Manhattan with an exhibit at the Philippine Center.

Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III and First Lady Gina Sarabia-Espinosa are leading a delegation of government officials, business leaders, artists, student performers, and key community leaders in a business mission to New York City, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

WOVEN PRODUCTS—Dresses made out of hablon, a native fabric woven in Iloilo and certain parts of Panay Island, are on display at an exhibit at the Philippine Center in Manhattan, New York City.  It is part of the Iloilo trade mission in the United States.  (Tara Yap / MANILA BULLETIN)
WOVEN PRODUCTS—Dresses made out of hablon, a native fabric woven in Iloilo and certain parts of Panay Island, are on display at an exhibit at the Philippine Center in Manhattan, New York City. It is part of the Iloilo trade mission in the United States. (Tara Yap / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Manila-based Philippine Council of Management Research Institute Inc. (Philcoman) has been tapped by the US-based Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) and Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce (PACC- Washington DC) to study possible American investments in Iloilo City as well as Iloilo province and neighboring localities.

Mayor Espinosa will lead a trade mission and investment forum with Dr. Emily Noserale, president and project coordinator of Philcoman, starting June 4 at the Philippine Center in New York City. It will be followed by another batch at University of North America in Virginia and at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. next week.

First Lady Espinosa is leading the private sector delegation. Mainly, this will showcase the works of Designers Guild of Iloilo (DGI) members that highlights the weaving industry of Iloilo and Panay Island as well as the jewelry works.

Iloilo City, the regional capital of Western Visayas, has lately been in the map of foreign investors. Earlier this year, the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) also had a trade mission. Chinese business groups are also eyeing a monorail system while another Chinese group is looking to build the bridge linking Iloilo to the island.

 
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