Philippine trade & tourism meet soon to enhance ties with Qatar

09 Oct 2017
Philippine trade & tourism meet soon to enhance ties with Qatar

Ailyn Agonia
AROUND nine companies offering various business and investment opportunities in the Philippines and around 2,000 visitors are expected to take part in the first Philippine Trade and Tourism Conference-Qatar (PTTCQ) scheduled to be held at Shangri-La Doha on October 20, from 8am to 5pm.
The day-long event being organised by the Association of Filipino Real Estate Executives in Qatar (AFREEQ) together with Liqha Trading and Creative Arts will showcase investment opportunities in real estate, agri-business, eco-tourism, stocks, bonds and straightforward networking in the Philippines.
Supported by the Philippine Embassy Doha, the event is being held under the patronage of the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and the Office of Senator Joel Villanueva (Chairman of the Philippine Senate Committee on Labor and Employment).
Speaking at a press conference held at Shangri-La Doha on Sunday, AFREEQ Chairman Joseph Timothy Rivera said the aim of the event is to boost the trade and tourism relations between the Philippines and Qatar by giving more tourism options to Qataris. It also intends to educate Filipinos working in Qatar on alternative and supplementary sources of income and to promote entrepreneurial skills among them.
According to Rivera, part of the event's proceeds will also be donated to the displaced students of Marawi City in the Philippines as a result of the armed conflict in the area.
Aside from talks and exhibitions, PTTCQ will also feature trade fair and bazaar with the participation of at least 15 food and non-food outlets and special cultural performances by local talents.
"PTTCQ is the rebranded and expanded version of the Philippine Property & Investment Show Qatar which we first had in 2015 and then last year. Just like the previous shows, the conference this year is not only focused on exhibitions but was designed to be educational, which we believe is timely given the current situation in the country. Aside from boosting the trade and tourism relations between the Philippines and Qatar, we also aspire to encourage Filipino workers to be more entrepreneurial," Rivera said.
Among the guest speakers from Manila to take part in the event are Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Atty. Ruth Castelo of the DTI's Ease of Doing Business Group, Ateneo Center for Economic Research & Development Director Dr Alvin Ang and DV Boer CEO Dexter Villamin. The local guest speakers include Atty. Daisy Tingson of Pinoywise and Bernard Anduyon of Overseas Filipino Investor and Entrepreneur Movement (OFIE-M).
StarNet International Marketing Director & Showbiz Celebrity Entrepreneur Isabel Granada will be delivering a talk on modern multi-level marketing as well as rendering live performances.
"We have observed a very healthy appetite among Qataris to invest in the Philippines. Many of them are looking towards the Philippines now for different investment opportunities. We look forward to the success of this trade and tourism conference," said Bhem Asperilla of Megaworld International.
United Filipino Organizations in Qatar (UFOQ) Treasurer Layla Bernal al Lenjawi lauded the charity component of the conference and urged the Filipino community to support the initiative.
PTTCQ is co-presented by Philippine Airlines, Shangri-La Hotel, Megaworld International, Century Properties, DV Boer Farms, Desmond Cacao, House Burger, Final Touch Hospitality and Philcof-HD.