Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT
The Philippines has asked the Libyan businessmen to invest in hospitals here to serve as training ground for Filipino nurses who can be sent in the future to the Middle East countries, particularly Libya.
Trade and Industry Undersecretary Elmer C. Hernandez, who joined the recent state visit of President Gloria Arroyo to Libya, said the Philippine delegation has encouraged Libyan investments in the medical sector particularly hospitals because the country has been experiencing migration of Filipino health workers to the Middle East countries.
Hernandez, however, said that investment in Philippine hospitals is just among the many fields that Libyan businessmen were encouraged to invest into.
During the meeting with Libyan businessmen also committed to invest in the fields of housing and hotels, marine and health care facilities as both countries seek to enhance bilateral economic relations.
In particular, Libya has interest in importing processed foods from the Philippines.
El Hadi M. El Farouj, managing director of Fastlinks International Corp. based in the Philippines, has indicated interest in trading of fruit juices produced by San Miguel Corp.
Fastlinks is engaged in international staffing services, recruiting professional skilled workers in the fields of accounting and finance, information technology, health care, architecture, construction, engineering, rig/drilling operations and telecommunications. …