Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with UAE Ambassador to the Philippines Mohamed Obaid Salem Alqataam Alzabi during the latter's courtesy visit to the presidential palace on June 13, 2023.


Philippines, UAE info exchange: Marcos Jr orders MoU

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ordered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the information exchange between the Philippines and the UAE on Wednesday (June 14).

This came after UAE Ambassador to the Philippines Mohamed Obaid Salem Alqataam Alzabi had a courtesy visit to Marcos at the Malacañang Palace in Manila on Tuesday. Alzabi pitched the proposal for the two nations to forge a partnership for sharing of information.

“The President has directed Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin to draft an MOU on this, saying that he is looking forward to signing an agreement with the UAE,” Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil said in a statement.

During the meeting, the UAE ambassador briefed Marcos on the UAE’s information exchange program launched in 2018 as a “platform knowledge.”

The envoy said the Philippines and the UAE governments may exchange information through an MOU, noting that a similar agreement has been done with over 40 countries. Alzabi said that a lot of companies from the UAE have expressed intent to put up a business in the Philippines.

Garafil said the UAE government has also reaffirmed its strong commitment to support the Marcos administration’s initiatives to protect the environment and boost the Philippine economy.

Before the courtesy call, Local Government Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. and Social Welfare Secretary Rex Gatchalian received 50 tons of humanitarian aid from the UAE government for the families affected by the Mayon Volcano.

Marcos, who is set to visit Albay on Wednesday afternoon, said he would inform the displaced residents of the UAE government’s “timely and very rapid and very large assistance” to them.

Garafil said the UAE officials assured Marcos of their government’s willingness to provide any assistance to the Philippines and the Filipino people “not only during the country’s trying times but also during the good times.” ICA/Expat Media

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