An artist's impression of the Expo 2020 site in Dubai.
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DUBAI – An officer of the Philippine Business Council in the UAE said that they have appealed to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for the Philippines to set up its own pavilion in the Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Maria Celeste Carella, chairperson of Philippine Business Council – Dubai, said that Duterte has received the letter initiated to “increase foreign investment in the Philippines.”
Expo 2020 will be held in Dubai from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021 with the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”
Carella said that a Philippine pavilion at the Expo 2020 site “aligns perfectly with the current government’s Build Build Build program”.
“By showcasing Filipino ingenuity and potential, Expo 2020 is an opportunity for attracting Foreign Direct Investments especially in infrastructure,” Carella said in the letter.
“The Expo 2020 is an opportunity for the country to showcase its local offerings in agri-aquaculture, manufacturing, tourism, medical services, the tech ecosystem and the arts. Filipino artistry is well known even in the UAE, with topnotch fashion designers Michael Cinco, Furne One Amato, Yen AB of Yen Couture, and Ezra Santos holding fort and making waves globally,” Carella said.
The letter was also signed by Deborah Gay Dayrit, chairperson of Philippine Business Council – Abu Dhabi and Elmer Casao, chairperson of the Bayanihan Council – Abu Dhabi.
The three, together with a number of Filipino community leaders, met the delegation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) who were in the UAE last November to attend a meeting of international participants to the world expo.
The DTI through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is taking the lead in representing the Philippines.
“We really hope that the president will be convinced of CITEM’s position that we should have a pavilion and that he immediately provides the necessary budget for the construction and operation of the pavilion,” Carella added.
According to Expo 2020 organisers, major construction work will be completed in October 2019. GAD/Expat Media
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