By Antonio Colina IV
The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia would stage the first Indonesia Fashion Expo (IFE) 2017 on November 24 to 26 in Davao, highlighting some Indonesian products that can be sold in the Philippines.
Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu said the staging of the expo is part of their effort to promote the economic relationship between Philippines and Indonesia.
He said the expo would showcase clothing products, bags, shoes, and fashion accessories from Indonesia. A one-on-one business matching will be held on the sideline, with music and cultural performances and tourism promotion.
This year’s IFE is supported by the city government of Davao, Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Tourism in Davao region.
City Mayor Sara Duterte and Mindanao Development Authority chair Abul Khayr Alonto will also grace the opening of the three-day expo.
On April 30, a new shipping route connecting Mindanao directly to Indonesia was opened via Davao-General Santos-Bitung, with President Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo gracing the launch of the ASEAN RoRo service.
Bitung is in North Sulawesi.
The new sea route is served by Cebu-based Asia Marine Transport Corp.’s M/V Super Shuttle RoRo 12, owned by businessman Paul Rodriguez, dispatching initially a vessel with a capacity of 500-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit).
Among the goods to be traded are animal feeds, aqua products, charcoal, coffee bean, construction materials, copra, feed ingredients, fertilizers, food and beverages, fresh fruits, ice cream products, meats, peanuts, poultry (halal), soya, sugar and synthetics.
Companies that signified the interest to use the route include CDO Foodsphere Inc., San Miguel Corporation, Franklin Baker, Unilever, FEMSA Coca Cola, and ACS Manufacturing.
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