Bohol will be the venue of another Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) meeting this coming October. Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto revealed this development Tuesday at the People’s Mansion during the monthly meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council.
Chatto said this time it will be the finance ministers who will be meeting in the island province.
Bohol, in April, was the venue of the trade ministers meeting of the ASEAN.
The meeting was held with threats in the peace and order as Abu Sayyaf Group bandits entered the province a week prior.
“We are not yet done with the hosting, because the ASEAN summit will be finally held in November,” said Chatto.
Bohol was supposed to host one meeting. Due to the preparation, coordination and the positive feedback of the ASEAN delegates, the province was chosen as a venue for another conference.
Chatto sees the next ASEAN gathering as a springboard of the efforts to make the province a top-notch convention destination.
The claim will be boosted with more international visitors coming to Bohol with the looming completion of the New Bohol Airport in Panglao Island come March 2018.
The positioning of Bohol as a convention destination is good for the economy, and in job generation–in line with the effort to reduce poverty.
However, the goal comes with great challenges in terms of peacekeeping, Chatto said.
Delegates of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue, early this month, gave the province’s hosting high marks and positive feedback.
Several delegates expressed their satisfaction to the warmth and hospitality of the Boholanos.