Business group wants a Chinese consular office in Davao City

Subscribe Now April 30, 2013 at 06:17pm

Members of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) have recommended the opening of a Chinese Consular Office here.

Chamber president Arch. Daniel T. Lim reported during its recent general membership meeting that one of the topics discussed during the visit of Ambassador of China to the Philippines Ma Keqing early this month in Davao City was their proposal for the setting up of a Chinese Consular Office.

He said "many of the businessmen here go to China for business trips while others sourced out their products there and we deemed it appropriate that a consular office be set up also here".

"We still have to go to Cebu to get the visa," he said.

He said it would also be good if they have an office here as it would be easier for the residents to transact with them considering that a good number of businessmen do business with their country.

During the visit, Lim said both the Ambassador and the officers of DCCCII shared prominent and interesting development in China such as remarkable GDP growth that is continuing to climb up.

He said the Ambassador also noted that China's agriculture in the last nine years is strong, feeding 22 percent of the world's population.

The Ambassador, Lim said, praised Davao City, saying "this is a peaceful city, one of the reasons why tourists love to stay".

Meanwhile, DCCCII chairman of the board Sebastian Anglionto said that the property that was earlier occupied by the Consular Office of Taiwan here was already turned over to the People's Republic of China.

Although he said there was no commitment yet from their end, he said they already have a place to locate here in case they will open an office here.

"But they have the interest," he said.

He said in the Davao Region alone the Chinese population including Filipino-Chinese nationals could be about 35,000 while the whole of Mindanao could reached to 50,000.


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