By MARK FRANCISCO, Staff Writer
THE European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) will proceed with its original plan to install an office in Cagayan de Oro City in the third quarter of this year.
If the plan pushes through, this will be the second office of ECCP in Mindanao, to be situated only 123 kilometers where the police and the military are currently battling terrorists in battle-weary and debris-filled Marawi City.
“What’s happening in Marawi has never affected our timeline so far. We are continuing preparations to set up office,” Jo-Ann Vidal, Euroepan Chamber overseer for Northern Mindanao, said. The office will be adjacent to the existing headquarters of Oro Chamber, the influential group of MSMEs in the city.
Between now and September, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines secretariat will be busy touching base with European business interests located in the northern part of the island.
“I still have to inventory how many businesses are located here. We’re still collating,” Vidal said.
Once their office is in place here, ECCP will do business matching and assist the European companies in their export and import needs particularly on document followups.
ECCP will also assist Filipino businesses which will put up branches in Europe, Vidal added.
With nearly 800 members, the ECCP also offers market intelligence briefings and research, access to live business opportunities, updates on the latest business developments and industry trends, assistance in internationalizing or localizing business, marketing and promotions opportunities, networking opportunities and customized training solutions.
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