Cotabato City’s economic efforts have earned the backing of Chinese dignitaries, with investors eyeing a new airport and seaport there.
A team of Chinese technocrats gave the thumbs-up after being briefed by the military on the security situation in Cotabato City.
The Chinese technocrats led by Yibin Liu assured Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi of their readiness to put up a technical skills learning center there, according to city information officer Halima Satol-Ibrahim.
Liu, senior representative of the China Engineering Construction Company in Shenzen City in Guangdong, said they plan to put up a modern airport and seaport in Cotabato City.
With him in the delegation were Tingting Yan, Lianjun Zhang, Rongsheng Zhan and European investor Anatoly Juanott of Toma Capita Inc.
This was after a series of meetings between local officials and the Chinese visitors, as witnessed by members of local business organizations.
Satol-Ibrahim said there was a “candid and cordial exchange of insights on commerce and trade during the engagements between our city mayor and the group of Mr. Liu.”
For her part, the mayor – who chairs the inter-agency city peace and order council – said the Chinese delegation’s visit indicated confidence in the local business climate.
In past months, the mayor received special citations from state agencies for leading the law-enforcement and peace-building campaigns.
Guiani-Sayadi said she would focus on improving the local economy to generate better employment opportunities for local Muslim, Christian and Lumad sectors.