Philippine commercial attache Charmaine Yalong
A large delegation of export companies from the Philippines is slated to arrive in Qatar next month for business-to-business (B2B) meetings with their Qatari counterparts, according to the Dubai-based Philippine Trade and Investment Centre (PTIC).
The Qatar leg of the B2B meetings will be held on February 15 at the Venus & Earth Hall of Radisson Blu Doha from 10am-2pm as part of the Outbound Business Matching Mission (OBMM) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the Philippines.
Nearly 20 Philippine export firms representing the food and beverage (F&B) sector and five cosmetic and personal care companies will be participating in the B2B meetings, stated Philippine commercial attache Charmaine Yalong in a media advisory.
“The B2B meetings, led by PTIC-Dubai and the DTI’s Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), seek to create greater opportunities for Philippine brands and products to expand their geographical reach in the GCC region, covering the larger and more segmented markets of the region.
“This mission is a positive step towards increasing the global mindshare of Philippine brands through expansion and diversification of the country’s exports and their destinations,” the media advisory further stated.
Aside from Qatar, other B2B meetings will be held in Manama, Bahrain on February 12 from 10am-2pm at Tree of Life, Wyndham Grand Manama; Kuwait City, Kuwait on February 14 from 9am-1pm at Movenpick Hotel and Resort, Al Bidaa; and Dubai, the UAE on February 17 from 10am-2pm at Amwaj Ballroom 2, Grand Millennium Business Bay.
The DTI is responsible for realising the Philippines’ goal of a globally competitive and innovative industry and services sector that contribute to inclusive growth and employment generation.
The EMB is mandated to oversee the development, promotion, and monitoring of Philippine exports. It also provides exporters with the enabling environment to make them globally competitive.
PTIC-Dubai is the representative office of the DTI in the UAE and is part of the Philippine Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC) of the DTI’s Office of the Secretary (OSEC).
Covering the UAE, the Middle East, and Africa the PTIC-Dubai contributes to increasing and sustaining Philippine exports to the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. It is also involved in promoting increased investments into the Philippines among Middle East and African investors and overseas Filipinos.
Interested parties may pre-register through https://bit.ly/B2BFoodPhilippines2023 not later than February 10. The list and a brief profile of the Philippine delegates may be accessed through the same link.