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business and peace programme moves into second stage

February 2006

The second phase of the Business and Peace Programme has been started in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, a predominantly Muslim area that has been ravaged by community conflict.

The programme was started in 2001 by the International Business Leaders' Forum and the Philippine Business for Social Progress organization to promote peace and development in Mindanao through core business activities and social investment.

The new three-year phase, which has the UK government's backing, is being funded with £100,000 ($172,000) from the British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the British embassy in Manila.

Private sector activities will now be directed at attracting investment in Mindanao, encouraging work practices that take account of religious diversity and strengthen the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises through information technology.


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