A group of executives from Yokohama, Japan-based private companies offered to share their technological expertise on water supply, wastewater and solid waste management to the city government of Cagayan de Oro on January 31.
The participation of close to 20 Japanese sntrepreneurs in a business matching seminar is part of Y-PORT Project.
The Y-PORT Project is a project for international technical cooperation based on public-private partnership through the utilization of Yokohama’s resources and technologies. It aims to raise the brand value of Yokohama, a cosmopolitan city, and to promote the overseas expansion of private enterprises in the city.
City Mayor Oscar Moreno welcomed the Japanese delegation led by Masakazu Okuno, director of the International Affairs Bureau of Yokohama, Japan and Tomihara Takayuki, project formulation advisor of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippines Office.
“I am hoping that this meeting would yield productive endeavors that are mutually beneficial between the governments of the Philippines and Japan, which has a long history of support and assistance to Mindanao,” mayor Moreno said as he thanked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for selecting Cagayan de Oro as one of the four pilot cities in Mindanao where JICA would extend its project funding and development assistance.
It can be recalled that Prime Minister Abe visited Davao City early this month upon the invitation of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The business matching event was jointly collaborated by Nimfa Along Albania and Eileen San Juan of the Cagayan de Oro Trade and Investment Promotions Center, and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Misamis Oriental Provincial Director Ma. Eliza Pabillore.(Cagayan de Oro City info Office)