Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Pete Raymond V. Delfin participated in the Working Visit to Labuan Halal Hub (LHH) at the Federal Territory of Labuan on 04 October 2018, upon the invitation of the International Halal Trade Hub & Services Sdn. Bhd. Brunei (IHTHS). He was accompanied by Economic Assistant Frederick A. Rili during said visit.
The Working Visit to LHH was jointly organized by IHTHS and the Halal Industry Development Division of the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI-HIDD) in collaboration with the Brunei Darussalam BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BD-BEBC).
In addition to MEMI, IHTHS, and BD-BEBC, other participants in said Working Visit included representatives from the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), Ministry of Health (MoH), Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB), Darussalam Enterprise (DARe), as well as from the Philippine and Indonesian Embassies in Brunei.
The highlights of the Working Visit to LHH included a meeting with LHH Chief Executive Officer YBrs. Pn. Manisah Hj Mahmud; signing of the Strategic Alliances Agreement (SAA) between IHTHS and LHH; and the visit to the Asian Supply Base Sdn. Bhd. – a former offshore supply base for oil and gas exploration and production which is now being opened as a Halal industry logistics facility.
During the meeting with LHH officials, CDA Delfin underscored the need to develop and modernize the traditional Palawan–Zamboanga–Labuan–Brunei trade corridor to further stimulate the economic activity in this area of BIMP-EAGA. The great potential of Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone (ZAMBOECOZONE) as a food processing and manufacturing center and offering many investment opportunities for businesses in EAGA Focus Areas was also emphasized.
CDA Delfin also had the opportunity to meet with Labuan BEBC Chair Azhar Othman where recent BIMP-EAGA economic initiatives involving Labuan’s counterparts in Palawan, Mindanao, Kalimantan and Sulawesi were discussed. Mr. Othman mentioned that Philippine officials in Palawan are seriously considering two important initiatives. The first one is the development of southern Palawan as a showcase for Halal tourism. Another project is the establishment of a trade route connecting Palawan, Sabah, and Sulawesi.
Upon conclusion of the visit, MEMI Acting Senior Special Duties Officer and HIDD Head Subandi bin Haji Kamis enjoined the attending Brunei government representatives to come up with their respective assessments which will be reported to MEMI. He also expressed his appreciation to CDA Delfin for participating in the Working Visit to LHH. END