Aklan Investment Forum to boost tourism

Jun Ariolo Aguirre

Boracay Island – Yet another boost in the tourism of the resort island is expected after the Investment Forum hosted by the Provincial Government of Aklan last July 17 at Marzon Hotel in Kalibo.

The forum which was spearheaded by the offices of Governor Florencio T. Miraflores and Congressman Teodorico Haresco in collaboration with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Regional Development Council (RDC) aimed to promote growth through a more competitive business environment in the province.

Cong. Haresco said that the forum endeavors to look for partners in financing the construction, operation, and maintenance of public infrastructures and development projects.

Among the identified major projects available for financing include roads, airports, ports, water supply, health facilities, agriculture, sanitary landfills, power generation, and irrigation facilities.

Peter Wallace, Chairman and President of the Wallace Business Forum, was the investment forum’s keynote speaker.

Also involved were the different funding institutions and private sector investors including the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Aklan, Private Public Partnership Center, Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Technical Education Skills Development Authority, Czech Republic, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Korea International Cooperation Agency, Japan International Cooperation Agency, , Australian Agency for International Development, United States Agency for International Development, United Nations Development Program, and the European Union.

The Aklan Provincial Tourism Office targets at least two million tourists to visit the province this 2015.

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