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Tuguegarao City eyes trade, investment partnerships with China

GUANGXI, China (PIA) - - The chief executive of the City Government of Tuguegarao is set to establish a possible linkage with the China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Mercantile Exchange (CAMEX) to promote the city's commodities for trade matching, investment consultation, and business exchanges.

Mayor Maila Ting-Que said CAMEX may be one of the best platforms to promote the products and services of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that have the potential for a global market.

She said that there are some products of the SMEs in the city that can be displayed in the pavilion installed for the Philippines at the CAMEX site such as choco balls, baked peanuts, chicharabao, cassava crackers, chili and garlic oils, among others.

CAMEX empowers businesses with more upgraded services through innovative initiatives and practical actions to boost the quality and upgrading of China-ASEAN economic and trade cooperation.

It also provides an online digital trading platform that facilitates trade cooperation to enable global consumers the experience of 'shopping globally without leaving the country'.

The mayor also saw the potential to link Tuguegarao's SMEs and the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry to the China-ASEAN Business Center (CABC) to avail of its services and platform to guide their growth and enhance their survival and development abilities.

The CABC provides 'one-stop' comprehensive services for the integration of internal and external trade, finance, international talents, industry innovation, and academic research.

On the other hand, the city chief executive is also eyeing the conduct of a feasibility study for the production of renewable energy resources in collaboration with the SPIC Guangxi Electric Power Company located in Nanning City.

Tuguegarao City delegates in the 20th China-ASEAN Expo 2023 benchmark at SPIC Giangxi Electric Power Company in Nanning, Guangxi, China. (Image by PIA-2)

In a visit to the power generating company, Mayor Que personally invited the technical officials of the electric power company to visit Tuguegarao City to study if it has the potential sources of renewable energy which can later be developed.

The SPIC Guangxi Power Company is the largest power-generating company in China using renewable energy resources operating for over 70 years already, supplying the demand not only for the fast-growing city of Nanning but also for the southern portion of China.

Tuguegarao City Mayor Maila Ting-Que (3rd from left) is briefed by the Chinese officials of Guangxi Electric Power Company on power generation operations. (Image by PIA-2)

The company generates electricity through hydropower, wind farms, and solar farms.

"We have hot weather conditions in Tuguegarao City that's why solar energy is very much feasible in our city. We will look for a wider space to establish solar panels so that we can generate power out of solar energy," Ting-Que said.

Aside from this, the four universities in Tuguegarao City also benchmarked with Guangxi Minsu University (GMU) for possible collaboration for research and development opportunities, extension services partnerships, and foreign student exchange programs.

GMU is considered the biggest government higher education institution in this province of China, catering to over 23,000 foreign students in its three campuses.

With the successful internationalization program of GMU, Mayor Ting-Que urged Cagayan State University and Saint Paul University Philippines officials to further strengthen their foreign student exchange programs and global initiatives.

She also encouraged the University of Saint Louis and the University of Cagayan Valley to establish their respective international academic partnerships, especially with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states.

The Tuguegarao City Government is this year's chosen 'City of Charm' in the China-ASEAN Expo 2023 held in Nanning City, Guangxi, China from September 17-20 through the collaboration of the Department of Trade and Industry - Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions. (ALM/OTB/PIA Region 2)

About the Author

Jan Karl Coballes

Regional Editor; Research and Development Officer; Tuguegarao City Information Center Manager

Region 2

Ibanag. Writer. Researcher. Ethnographer. Ethno-historian. Graduate student focusing on linguistic and cultural anthropology.

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