DAVAO CITY (PIA) - Now on its 24th edition of converging local micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in Mindanao, the Mindanao Trade Expo 2019 gives a new flavor this year with a new player showcasing the products made by Marawi weavers.
Assisted by the USAID Plan International (Marawi Response Project), the Marawi weavers join the other Mindanao exhibitors in the MTE 2019 which opened at the Abreeza Mall Davao last Aug. 10 and will end Aug. 14.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, as conveyed by Davao City Investment and Promotion Center Chief April Marie Dayap, commended the organizers for continuously opening new opportunities for every Dabawenyo and Mindanaoan to market their products and merchandises to leading industries and stakeholders.
" Activities like this amplifies prospects and expands networks for our local market players especially the MSMEs. This is a beautiful platform which supports our local entrepreneurs and at the same time advocates Mindanao's rich cultural heritage," Duterte said.
The MTE 2019 is co-organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Exports Confederation and the Abreeza Ayala Malls.
DTI XI Regional Director Ma . Belenda Ambi urged other entrepreneurs to maximize and make use of all available platforms provided by the government.
"Knowing that common issues of the MSMEs are capital and market, the government right now has a lot of platforms for you to exhibit and market your products. Nationwide, we have established OTOP Philippine Hubs, Go Lokal Stores, and national, regional, and provincial trade fairs," Ambi said.
However, she reminded the entrepreneurs in order for them to successfully market their product is by ensuring that they continue to innovate. This includes improving the design, the quality and the competitiveness in terms of cost.
The DTI official was also happy to acknowledge that most of the exhibitors have improved their products and have made use of the resources distinct in Mindanao. (PIA/Frances Mae Macapagat)