Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn M. Quintana expressed confidence on the future prospects for Philippines-UAE trade ties with the recent visit to the UAE of Philippine Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.
Secretary Lopez was in Dubai from 5-11 December 2021 upon the invitation of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) for the Global Business Forum (GBF) ASEAN organized by the Chamber. Sec. Lopez was a high-level panelist at the Forum.
During his visit, Sec. Lopez met with his UAE Ministerial counterparts on 8 December 2021 at the sidelines of the GBF held at the Dubai Exhibition Center at the World Expo.
During the bilateral meetings with UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, and Minister of State responsible for economic and trade affairs in the UAE Foreign Ministry, Ahmed bin Ali Al Sayegh, Sec. Lopez and the 2 UAE Ministers expressed mutual commitment to work towards strengthening economic and trade ties between the two countries, by finalizing bilateral arrangements such as the Agreement for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments (IPPA), discussing a possible bilateral economic partnership agreement, as well as strengthening linkages between the business sectors of the two countries.