PH Envoy Eyes Joint Ventures for Filipino Companies in Sharjah’s Push to be Hub for Innovation and Technology

Abu Dhabi 

Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Hjayceelyn M. Quintana (2nd from left), with Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi (3rd from left), head of Sharjah Government Relations Department/Digital Transformation Supreme Committee, H.E. Hussain Al Mahmoudi (extreme right), CEO of the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation (SRTI) Park, and Ms. Marlene Murphy of the Philippines Partnership Circle (PhilPAC). (Abu Dhabi PE photo)

ABU DHABI 17 September 2021 — Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Hjayceelyn M. Quintana is keenly exploring how Filipino companies can develop collaborations with the UAE in the areas of technology, creativity, and scientific research through Sharjah - UAE’s "capital for education, culture, and innovation."

At the recent “Innovate Sharjah” event on 09 September 2021, Ambassador Quintana expressed to the Sharjah Government Relations Department/Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Digital Transformation of Sharjah  Head Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, and Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation (SRTI) Park CEO Hussain Al Mahmoudi that the Philippines plans to increase its engagements in these fields.

"The Philippines and UAE recently agreed to explore cooperation in the field of space technology and its various applications on food security, hazard management, climate change, among others. Likewise, information technology and business process management have a deep pool of Filipino talent making it a fast-growing industry in the Philippines. This industry includes services in animation, contact center, game development, global in-house center, health information management, and IT and software services,” Ambassador Quintana conveyed.

She added that the Philippines is highlighting its various creative industries at the World Expo set to open in Dubai in October, and expressed hope to bring Filipino industry players to the UAE, as well as explore possible joint ventures and collaborations towards building a knowledge-based economy. END

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