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Posted On: 20 July 2013 07:37 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

3 Filipino food firms may enter Qatar

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Three Filipino food companies are likely to enter Doha’s vibrant culinary scene, to satisfy Filipinos’ craving for flavours from their home country. “Two private companies here are interested to bring Mang Inasal, Red Ribbon and Goldilocks to Qatar,” Philippine Ambassador Crescente R Relacion told reporters. He said he was in the process of connecting the parties for a possible entry of the famous Filipino food companies to the Qatari market. This follows the successful foray of a few Filipino companies involved in the food industry here, among them Jollibee, Chow King and recently Gerry’s Grill. San Miguel Food Corporation has also made its products available in leading hypermarkets here. Meanwhile, a three-day financial literacy training will be held in the middle of next month at Georgetown University in Qatar in preparation for the launch of Pinoy Wise Movement in October. “This is part of our financial literacy programme. A core group would undergo training on August 15, 16 and 24 because there’s this group called Pinoy Wise Movement who would be coming over here in October to invite Filipinos to invest specifically in agriculture,” said Ambassador Relacion. At least 25 participants have been invited from various organisations. Pinoy Wise (Worldwide Initiative for Savings Investment and Entrepreneurship) Movement is part of a reintegration programme of the Philippine government in which Overseas Filipino Workers are being encouraged to invest back in their country. A group of entrepreneurs and franchisors would join the Pinoy Wise Movement delegation to offer investment opportunities to Filipinos here. On recent news of the cancellation of the launch of Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights to Doha in November, the envoy said unofficial reports said PAL was still working on its permit to operate here and there might just be a delay on the scheduled launch. Qatar Airways’ new route to Clark Airport, on the other hand, is sure to push through in October, he added. A delegation of labour officials from the Philippines is scheduled to arrive here in October to meet their counterparts to discuss labour issues. “Hopefully, bilateral talks on labour matters will push through in October. This will iron out issues, especially of household service workers,” he said.