Korean traders courted to invest in CL

December 20, 2022 Christian D. Supnad 106 views

A DELEGATION from Central Luzon (CL) recently held an outbound business mission to entice South Korean investors and introduce Region 3, including New Clark City, as an “ideal destination” for their investment needs.

Hosted by the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Inc. (CLGCFI), the Central Luzon Outbound Trade and Investment Mission to Korea gave local government units (LGUs) and investment promotion agencies in the region the opportunity to establish linkages with Korean companies and benchmark best practices from industry experts.

The contingent was joined by representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), the Authority of the Freeport of Bataan, and the LGUs of Aurora, Bataan, Tarlac, and Zambales.

As part of the trade mission, the delegation held a conference with potential investors where Tarlac Governor and CLGCFI President Susan Yap touted Central Luzon as “one of the leading growth areas in the Philippines.”

Yap also listed the reasons why Region 3 is the perfect place for South Korean companies to expand their businesses.

“First, the centrality of our location. It is easily accessible within two to four-hour air travel from Korea. Expanding infrastructure – it’s on its way to becoming a single, contiguous geographic and economic growth corridor providing world-class logistics, infrastructure and services. Available investment locations – we have several freeport zones,” she said.

DTI Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy Ceferino S. Rodolfo said that the Philippines is an ideal regional hub for “sustainable and innovation-driven agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors,” citing the country’s sound economic fundamentals and investment ratings, and game-changing laws and policies.

“With an already strong partnership, the Philippines and South Korea can further level its complementation on the vast opportunities brought about by global disruptions. The Philippines–one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies, is ready for global investors,” he stressed.

‘Central Luzon’s next frontier of development’

Among the freeport zones highlighted during the trade mission was New Clark City in Tarlac, a smart, sustainable, green city poised to be a significant economic growth driver in Central Luzon.

BCDA Vice President for Public Affairs Leilani Macasaet encouraged Korean investors to consider locating in New Clark City or participating in future projects and developments in the area.

“Clark raises the standard of what cities should be in a country that has been aspiring for a high-quality environment where people can live, learn, work, and play. We hope for you to be part of this development,” Macasaet said.

BCDA also met with potential locators who are exploring opportunities in New Clark City, particularly in the fields of housing and smart technologies.