Press Release No. 024-2013
1 March 2013
Philippine Ambassador Meets Secretary General of the
Council for Saudi Chambers
Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago mets Secretary General Khalid Al-Otaibi in Riyadh (19 February 2013)
The Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mr. Ezzedin Tago recently met with Mr. Khalid Al-Otaibi, the Secretary General of the Council for Saudi Chambers at the Secretary General’s office in Riyadh.
The Philippine Ambassador, joined by the Embassy’s Third Secretary and Vice Consul Mr. Paulo Saret, renewed ties with the new Secretary General of the Council of the Saudi Chambers, who recently assumed his position.
During the meeting, both officials discussed ways to enhance bilateral trade, commercial and investment relations between the private sectors of both countries.
Ambassador Tago expressed hope that the Saudi – Philippine Business Council will soon be reconstituted, in view of the current reformation of the Council.
Ambassador Tago mentioned that a private sector delegation from Filipino food companies will visit Riyadh, Eastern Region and Jeddah from 2 to 7 March to promote Philippine halal food products. The food companies will hold meetings with the chambers of commerce of Riyadh, Jeddah and Asharqiah (Eastern Region) and will be available for one-on-one meetings with Saudi companies and buyers.
The Philippine Embassy, in coordination with the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, is also planning other specialized trade missions to Saudi Arabia in 2013 for in other sectors, especially tourism, furniture and herbal medicine products.
Ambassador Tago revealed the plans for a Philippine investment promotion team that would soon visit the Kingdom to encourage and promote investments in the agricultural, tourism and logistics sectors. The Secretary General welcomed this initiative and expressed readiness to assist in this endeavor.
While Secretary General Al-Otaibi lauded the presence of a big number of Filipinos working in various sectors in the Kingdom, he also invited Philippine companies to look to the Saudi market and participate in bids for contracting and construction projects.
The two sides also reviewed the results of the recent Fourth Saudi – Philippine Joint Commission held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 24-26 November 2012. Both sides will look into how the private sectors could work together to implement the initiatives discussed during the Joint Commission.