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Swiss gov't eyes importation of sardines from Zamboanga

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Zamboanga City is considered as the Sardines capital of the country, the reason why the Swiss government is eyeing the importation of sardines from this city to their country.

In a brief meeting yesterday with Mayor Celso Lobregat at City Hall’s conference room, Ivo Sieber, Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipontentiary, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation said the sardines coming from this city are widely known all over the world, thus the reason why Swiss investors are looking forward to purchase and import the food commodity for consumption.

Sieber who came along with his wife, also disclosed that he is meeting with other Philippine government officials and the private and business sectors to dialogue on business and trade relations, mutual interest and other investment opportunities.

The Swiss ambassador also stressed his closeness to Zamboanga City because John Spirig, who established the John Spirig Elementary School in Suterville, was his grandfather. 

“When I will go home to Switzerland, I will trace my grandfather’s roots. I am very happy that I have relatives in this city,” Sieber said.
Lobregat briefed the ambassador of the many Swiss products the Zamboanguenos are patronizing in business establishments.
“We have an array of products from Switzerland that we patronize such as the famous Swiss watches like Rolex, Swiss knives, chocolates and many more,” Lobregat said.

Meanwhile, Sieber expressed hope the Philippine government will be able to fasttrack its negotiation with terrorists who are still holding captive a Swiss national in Sulu.

The victim was kidnapped months back in Tawi-Tawi along with another foreigner while photographing birds species which are said to abound only in that province.

“I don’t want to talk about that because it is a sensitive issue. I know our government and the Philippine government are doing everything to bring liberty to the victims,” Sieber said,

by: Nonong Santiago



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