Unknown to many of us, it is not only the government that puts effort in trying to level up the kind of living in Mindanao. The private individuals, more specifically the business group is also putting their best to do something about Mindanao.
Recently, the group Unity For Revival Foundation (URF) headed by its Chairman Shariff Ibrahim Alban, has organized the first summit called “First International Business Summit Mindanao” with a theme RESTORE THE LOST GLORY OF MINDANAO.
Held at the Manila Hotel, the summit were attended by different businessmen from neighboring countries like Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Dubai, and many other business leaders. International investors, entrepreneurs, businessmen, and other organizations came and showed interest to what Mindanao has to offer.
The summit aimed to showcase Mindanao to the world business community and to encourage global investors as well as businessmen to personally interact with local community leaders and entrepreneurs.
The recent signing of the much awaited and historic Bangsamoro Agreement has tremendously enhanced the investment climate of Mindanao and has paved the way both for domestic and international investors, businessmen and entrepreneurs.
The panelists to the summit were personalities and entities which had more than enough exposure and experiences about Mindanao and have plans of further improving the overall development of the region.
Mindanao, as shared by Chairman Shariff Ibrahim Alban, has rich mineral resources, ecological value, human talents and skills, and economic potentials which, in the past, regarded as one of the richest regions not only in the Philippines, but in the whole world.
But events changed the prosperity once enjoyed by Mindanao and its people. Diversities led to divisions and the unity of the people of Mindanao in the past was disrupted by selfish motives. Business was corrupted by the desire to make profits in dishonorable ways and means. The rich became richer and the poor became poorer.
However, recent events have altered this unwanted environment. With globalization, Mindanao has started to change for the better. Mindanao is now stable and ready to cultivate and nourish intensive and harmonious business links and investment tie-ups with the global community.
Unity For Revival Foundation is confident that with the active and productive participation of various sectors in the summit, bright and achievable ideas will emerge to make Mindanao PROGRESSIVE AND UNITED ONCE AGAIN.