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Business chamber says more foreign participants in this year’s investment forum

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THE DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) said the number of participants who have registered for this year’s Davao Investment Conference 2017 (Davao ICON 2017) on July 21 and 22 has now exceeded last year’s and with a higher percentage of foreign investors. DCCCII member John Carlos B. Tria told the media last week that a month before the forum, they already had 200 confirmed delegates, which was the number in 2016. “So we’re expecting more than that already despite the martial law declaration,” he said. Mr. Tria also noted that about 40% will be foreign delegates, higher than the average 10-15% in previous years. The Davao ICON 2017 will focus on the agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and infrastructure sectors, with a goal of promoting a more balanced investment profile in the Davao Region. — Maya M. Padillo