Press digest

2017 September 12

Peza eyes Russian investors

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) wants to tap Russian investments following its first time to participate in the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia last week.

The move that would help “further diversify” the mix of foreign investments in the country’s economic zones, according to Tereso Panga, Peza deputy director general for policy and planning.

The plan is part of the agency’s move to aggressively reach out to non-traditional allies for investments, such as those from China and the gulf countries.

According to Panga, Peza Director General Charito Plaza joined representatives from other government agencies, namely: the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, and the Department of Agriculture, along with some businessmen.

“To further diversify our FDI [foreign direct investment] mix in the ecozones, Peza has set its sights this time on the Russian moguls, particularly from the Russian Far East,” Panga said. “Together with the PH team, we hope to tap for both investments and trade these super wealthy businessmen and leading conglomerates from our non-traditional markets and new trading partners.”

The Eastern Economic Forum was held on Sept. 6 and 7 in Vladivostok, Russia. According to its website, the forum serves as a platform for cooperation among representatives in business, politics, among others, from Russia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Panga said Vladivostok would play a “key role” given that it is the emerging scientific and educational center in the Far East, citing the largest Russian port facing the Pacific Ocean, and the main starting terminal for the Trans-Siberian portion of the Eurasian Land Bridge.

Other promising opportunities, he said, are in the areas of LNG production, industrial machinery, agriculture, food and fish processing, timber processing, steel production, mineral processing, and transport.