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Success stories at the 2nd BIMP-EAGA International Trade Fair #EAGAIMT2014

Thanks to the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), I was able to cover the 2nd BIMP-EAGA IMT-GT International Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference last October 22 to 25, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang in Davao City, Philippines. I’ve always wanted to witness a BIMP-EAGA event and I’m glad that I finally had the opportunity to do so. BIMP-EAGA events are important international functions especially in terms of trade, investments, tourism and even each of the participating countries’ roles in the upcoming ASEAN Integration.

BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area while IMT-GT means Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Growth Triangle. Now on its 20th year, the BIMP-EAGA is considered as a key strategy to accelerate social as well as economic development in less developed areas in the participating countries.

Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos was the keynote speaker during the business leaders’ conference. He was still in his element that day. Of course, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte also garnered a lot of attention (and not just because he wore a barong and jeans) 🙂

I must admit, however, that I was a wee bit more interested with the international trade fair. I am that kind of person who loves to meet fellow entrepreneurs, listen to their stories and offer mine, if need be.

In a few days’ time, I was able to network and meet business folks from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. I was also able to listen to success stories.

These Malaysian entrepreneurs, for instance, were able to meet wholesalers/distributors of their products because of their participation in the BIMP-EAGA trade fair. Nurul Ashirah and Che Mahadzir, both of Superpower Grape Seed, told me that they already have two Philippine distributors of their fast-selling grapeseed-based products. They also told me that they were about to meet one more. superpower grape seed malaysia On the other hand, folks from Muhibah Palm Products, said they already got lots of inquiries. Managing Director Ong Kong Kuan said that investors were very interested when they found out how affordable their palm oil products were. iTim Holdings Malaysia Director Fatimah Hamid, meanwhile, said that their chilli sauce and paste caught the attention of an experienced distributor. She said that the investor was even keen on starting the partnership right away. The makers of the following products showcased during the trade fair also shared positive feedback:

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Listening to all the success stories during the BIMP-EAGA IMT-GT International Trade Fair surely solidified my faith not only in the BIMP-EAGA but more particularly in Mindanao as well. To borrow the words of Malaysian Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim, the BIMP-EAGA has so much potential. We have so many exceptional resources that we can optimize. Why can’t we champion the free flow of goods, capital and investments and help SMEs in order to reduce poverty?

The truth is basic – we will have more success stories if we respect and acknowledge one another’s similarities and differences at the same time.

Should you be interested to contact the businesses that participated in the international trade fair, please feel free to contact the Mindanao Development Authority.

Thanks again to MinDA for the opportunity! I hope to continue to be your partner in disseminating the correct message about Mindanao.

My special thanks to Director Yo, Sir Louie, Kathy and Ken!

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2 Comments

  • Nurul Ashirah Che Mahadzir

    Hi Irene. I’m Nurul Ashirah. We’d met during the 2nd BIMP-EAGA International Trade Fair in Davao City recently. Thank you so much for the publicity given on the Superpower Grape Seed brand. The response at the fair was very overwhelming that everything was sold out very fast and we were so sorry that we could not fulfil the customers pouring demand at the venue. Hence, we are currently searching for potential distributors from Phillipines to ensure that our customers will continue to enjoy the benefits of our products without much concern on the stock availability. Interested companies may email us at [email protected] for further details.

    Thank you and kind regards

    • Hi Nurul! Very happy to hear from you! And I’m really very excited to know that your experience at the BIMP EAGA fair was a success! 🙂 I will continue to promote this post so more interested investors can contact you guys. I hope to see you again when I fly back to Malaysia! 🙂

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