Posted on September 23, 2017

At least six Philippine food producers and exporters are coming to Doha to meet Qatari food importers at the Qatar-Philippines Food Security Summit (QPFSS) to be held on Monday at City Center Rotana Doha Hotel.

Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Plaza (pictured), will deliver the keynote at the Summit set to gather food processing and exporting companies from the Philippines and major fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) importers and retailers in Qatar. Plaza will be in Doha for a two-day intensive Philippine investment mission, PEZA Consultant and Special Advisor to the Director General for the Middle East and Northern Europe, Joseph Timothy Rivera said.

Starting with a briefing with the Philippine Embassy, Plaza will be holding meetings with Qatari companies that are now in the process of site surveying, Philippine company formation and PEZA registration stages after signing investment pledges to the Philippines during the recent state visit to Qatar by President Rodrigo Duterte. These companies are mostly into retirement village ecozone development, tourism, construction, IT and ecozone services sectors with a combined investment pledge of around $200m.

Qatar remains to be the operations hub of PEZA in the Middle East and has been very active in promoting Philippine investments in the region. Philippine Business Council Qatar President Greg Loayon, also a Special Advisor to the Director General for the Middle East and Central Europe, will be briefing Plaza on the developments of hospital cooperatives and some financial institutions that are also investing in Philippine Economic Zones. Plaza, who is now on her third trip to Doha this year, is also due to meet with new potential PEZA locator companies that will be signing new Letters of Intent for their investment pledges in the fields of wellness, garments and food processing.

source: The Peninsula