Govt schedules talks with private sector to lift agribusiness sector

The government will consult with the stakeholders in the agribusiness community on Dec. 17 to get their inputs on the implementation of game-changing reforms in the sector, the Department of Finance said over the weekend.

The DOF expects more than 500 participants in the discussion of issues affecting the  sector at the 10th Sulong Pilipinas this week at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City.

It teamed up with the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to host the large delegation of public and private/business sector stakeholders for the Sulong Pilipinas 2019 Agribusiness Summit on Dec. 17.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the country’s public and private stakeholders would continue to work together in “transforming traditional agri-fishery farms into inclusive, resilient and globally competitive agribusiness enterprises.”

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the holding of the Sulong Pilipinas for Agribusiness shows how the public-private partnership works. “The government side delivers the medium. The

private sector delivers the content. It is a productive symbiosis,” he said.

Sulong Pilipinas involves a series of consultative conferences between the Duterte administration and the private sector, which started in June 2016 also in Davao City before Duterte took over as president.

Participants from the agribusiness community will discuss a wide range of issues to produce actionable recommendations to help the government focus its efforts on implementing game-changing reforms in the agribusiness sector for the 10th edition of the dialog.

There will be workshops on poultry and livestock; grains (corn and rice); fisheries; coconut; high-value crops (cacao, coffee, rubber, banana, mango and vegetables); infrastructure; and farm consolidation/clustering and agri-tourism.

Recommendations to accelerate the implementation of these actionable programs will then be presented to Duterte.

Representatives from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Go Negosyo advocacy group, Makati Business Club and Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. expressed their intent to join the event.

Topics: Department of Finance , agribusiness sector , 10th Sulong Pilipinas , Department of Agriculture , the Department of Trade and Industry , Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
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