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W. Visayas sectors craft region's competitiveness map

Philippine Information Agency
14 Jan 2021, 10:38 GMT+10

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 14 (PIA) - Representatives from the private sector, government and civil society in Western Visayas are converging virtually, January 13-14 to craft the competitiveness map for the region until 2028.

At the start on Wednesday of the two-day agenda setting workshop, the participants numbering 80 initially came up with vision statements that would like to see the region having a more adaptive economic level by 2023 and for the region to be globally competitive, resilient and have a diversified economy by 2028.

The activity was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry - Competitiveness Bureau in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development under the Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (USAID-RESPOND).

DTI-6 Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon said the competitiveness map to be crafted will be anchored on the pillars of competitiveness which are Infrastructure, Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Resilience, and Innovation.

The activity will consist of the identification of the region's strategic position, a 3 to 8-year strategic deliverable plan based on key results areas, and the impact indicators demonstrating the strategy's success.

The two-day activity is also expected to come up with an expanded composition of the Regional Competitiveness Council and is a step in the bid of the Region 6 to become one of the Regional Innovativeness and Competitiveness Centers in the country.

So Far, there are four RICCs in the country, namely Cebu, Davao, Legaspi and Cagayan de Oro.

"We are bidding to be included in the list this year along Region IV-A or CALABARZON," said Rascon. (JBG/JSC/PIA6)

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