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UAE and Philippines explore enhancing trade, investments opportunities

2023 Sep 12, 8:51, Dubai [UAE]

Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, today received a high-level delegation from the Philippines at the headquarters of the Ministry of Economy in Dubai.

The delegation included Benjamin Diokno, Secretary of Finance; Amenah Pangandaman, Secretary of Budget and Management; Arsenio Balisacan, Secretary of the National Economic and Development Authority; Francisco G. Dakila, Jr., Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines; Rosalia V. de Leon, National Treasurer; and Alfonso Ferdinand A. Ver, Ambassador of the Philippines to the UAE, in addition to several officials.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed avenues of enhancing trade and investment relations, highlighting the latest updates of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the two countries, which began after the two sides announced the beginning of talks during February 2022, with the aim of enhancing investment flows, facilitating intra-trade movement, and creating new opportunities for business communities in the two countries.

They also reviewed developments related to boosting bilateral relation and ways to develop joint economic projects across sectors of mutual interest, such as clean energy, artificial intelligence, transportation and logistics, as well as financial and banking services.

The two sides focused on the importance of joint work through the private sector by benefiting from the chambers of commerce and industry in the two countries, as well as joint and local business councils.

Non-oil intra-trade between the UAE and the Philippines continued to flourish in the first half of 2023, recording USD 506.1 million, an increase of 19.4 percent compared to the same period in 2022, while intra-non-oil trade in 2022 totalled over USD 1.850 billion, up from USD 830.3 million and USD 715.6 million in 2021 and 2020, respectively. 


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