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Qatar, PH, to strengthen trade relations through expos

Qatar as the next big potential export market for Philippine products? Sounds good!

The Philippine embassy in Qatar has called for Qatari companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take part in an upcoming international trade expo to take place in the Philippines, an official said in a report by the Gulf Times.

Gonaranao B. Musor, the deputy head of the project, said the embassy has invited the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mofa), and to members of Qatar Chamber (QC) and Qatar Businessmen Association (QBA) to take part in “Manila FAME” slated on October 20-22 at the World Trade Centre-Metro Manila (WTCMM).

Musor said that the invite to “Manila FAME” forms part of the embassy’s thrust to strengthen bilateral relations between Qatar and the Philippines, the report said.

“Manila FAME” is organized by the Centre for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)‘s export promotion arm, the Gulf Times said.

CITEM is also looking for interested trade buyers for the biennial “Asia’s Ethnic Food and Ingredients Show” during the International Food Exhibition (iFEX) Philippines that will take place next year, May 19-21, 2017 also at the WTCMM, the report said.

iFEX, according to CITEM, is a project that aims to “a remarkable collection of ethnic food and ingredients that samples the most authentic taste of Asia amid the mainstream presence of international flavors.”

“I don’t know if Qatar considers the Philippines as a potential market for Qatar-made products, but the Philippines is interested to bring more of its products and services to Qatar.

“Hopefully, with ‘Manila FAME’ and ‘iFEX’, it will lead the way for more Philippine-made products, such as furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, fashion accessories, and food products and ingredients to penetrate the Qatari market,” Musor said in the report.


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