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4 new sister city links are welcomed by Davao for development.

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The International Relations Board (IRB) here approved relationships with four more sister cities to enhance trade, economic development, and other bilateral exchanges, and the city government welcomed them.

April Marie Dayap, the officer in charge of the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC), listed the places as Mati in Davao Oriental, Sennan in Osaka, Japan, Herzliya in Israel, and Pohang City in the Republic of Korea in a public post on Thursday.

According to Dayap, “They have proposed partnerships with Davao City in a number of areas of cooperation.” Dayap mentioned that the neighboring city of Mati City is looking forward to ecotourism, heritage preservation, and cultural interaction.

Its proximity to Davao is an asset, she noted, as both cities are known for their resorts, commitment to marine conservation, and long-standing linkages to agriculture and agro-industrial commerce.

Sennan City in Osaka is Davao’s second sister city in Japan, according to Dayap.

Sennan, she said, “ideally, will usher in more people exchange in the sphere of education and student exchange programs, job providing, as well as research and development.” Kitakyushu, she added, had been the previous exchange hub.

Dayap added that Herzliya City will strengthen the agri-economy and commercial ties with Davao through its growing industrial zone and high-tech businesses, including tourism. Herzliya City is known as the largest and most creative marina in the Middle East.

Pohang City, the hub of the Korean steel industry, is renowned for its numerous connections with the academic community.

Dayap claimed that the sisterhood had the potential to support Davao’s future attempts at startup/business incubation, particularly in the fields of science, technology, and research.

The IRB is entrusted with deliberating and taking action on sister-city proposals. The IRB is made up of several local government offices and business entities.

The DCIPC, which acts as the secretariat, closely coordinates and collaborates with the IRB.

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