BFBCI officials met with Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Alhaj Ahod Ebrahim on July 11 in Makati. The BFBCI formally expressed its full support to the BARMM and the leadership of Chief Minister Ebrahim.
Hadji Ebrahim thanked the BFBCI and welcomed their support. “Peace and order, governance and economics are the three priorities of the BARMM leadership,” he said. “And we need (an organized) Bangsamoro business community,” he emphasized.
BFBCI officials were led by its President, Datu Nasraili Conding with Executive Director Dr. Abdul Hannan Tago, VP for Corporate Affairs Datu Jihad Abbas, and VP for Media & Communication Datu Jamal Ashley Yahya Abbas. Bernardo Benedicto, the BFBCI Special Adviser on Business and Trade, was also present.
BFBCI is composed of individuals who are experts in their fields of endeavor. It is allied with various chambers of commerce in the Philippines and other business groups like the Makati Business Club.
Datu Conding, CPA, LlB is an an internal revenue specialist; Dr. Tago, a graduate of Al-Azhar University, was a long-time writer and editor of the Arab News in Saudi Arabia; Jeddah-born Datu Jihad is an international businessman; Datu Jamal is the Philippines’ first Petroleum Engineer and an Energy and Communication/ Media Studies expert; and Mr. Bendicto is a former Board Director of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) as well as the Honorary Consul of Albania.
The Chief Minister confirmed his participation at the First Bangsa Moro Global Economic Summit to be held on August 19 at the Manila Hotel. He is one of the keynote speakers. Also invited as the Special Keynote Speaker is President Rodrigo Duterte.
The BARMM Chief Minister wearing a BFBCI pin, posing with BFBCI officers.