The Ambassador of Sweden to the Philippines is set to visit Iloilo City on March 22 to take a look at the metropolis’ business climate for possible investments.
His Excellency Harald Fries will have a courtesy visit at City Hall.
“He personally would like to see if it is true that Iloilo City is booming based on the reports he received from Manila. He will see the business climate, peace and order situation and how we do things here,” Mayor Jose Espinosa III said.
“Iloilo is the most improved city in the Philippines in terms of governance, and I think that is one of things they consider in visiting our city,” Espinosa added.
Iloilo City won first place in Most Improved Local Government Unit (LGU) for Highly Urbanized City in the 2018 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMI) Awards.
Espinosa said Fries’ visit will open window of opportunities to various investments in the metropolis especially that some of Swedish brands including IKEA, H&M, and Volvo are expanding in the country.
Fries is married to Filipina Susan Batungbacal-Fries. He likes binakol, pancit molo, bibingka, and mangoes. (Merianne Grace Ereñeta/Iloilo City PIO)