25 February 2013

Foreigners impressed with Subic’s transformation

Dignitaries from India and the Myanmar visited this free port on separate occasions recently and left visibly impressed with the transformation of Subic from a military base into a bustling economic haven.

Indian Ambassador Amit Dasgupta, who met with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman Roberto Garcia, said they are giving Subic high importance in terms of business potentials.

“It is a great place and I think it contributes much to our economic relations with the Philippines,” Dasgupta remarked during a courtesy call with Garcia on February 15, noting that several ships of the Indian Navy have already docked in Subic.

Dasgupta also suggested that the SBMA make a presentation for potential locators in business process outsourcing, adding that companies in Manila are now looking to expand their non-voice operations.

Garcia also welcomed last week visitors from Myanmar who sought to learn about how Subic was transformed from a U.S. military base into a premier business and logistics hub.

These included Khine Khine New of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry; Zam Cin Pao of Chin National Party; Thein Tun Aye of Paunku; Kyaw Win Khaing of Rakhine Thahaya Association; and Channisitha Mark of International Aler.

Garcia also briefed them on the programs and projects of the SBMA, the existing policies and facilities in the Subic Bay Freeport, and shared with them some the elements of a successful base conversion.

“Good leadership, an enabling law, a vision… these are some of the things you would need if you want a complete transformation,” Garcia told the delegates. (RAV/MPD-SBMA)

SBMA Chairman and Administrator Roberto V. Garcia welcomes Indian Ambassador Amit Dasgupta during a courtesy call last February 15 in Subic Bay Freeport.