With the massive infrastructural developments pertaining to the FIFA 2022 event heading into their final phase, more Filipino workers are expected to come to Qatar as skilled employees.
“We are expecting the demand for engineers and laborers to rise as Qatar pushes forward to achieve its infrastructural goals”, Philippine Ambassador to Qatar, Alan Timbayan said.
At present there are about 222, 721 Filipinos who live and work in Qatar, however, the number can easily double or triple, Timbayan added.
The projected increase of Filipino workers will also boost other sectors such as health, banking and hospitality.
Three agreements that are expected to be signed between Qatar and Philippines during the visit of the Philippine President Duterte to the country, these agreements are further expected to increase the cooperation between Qatar and Philippines. The agreements will be signed by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Qatar’s Emir HH Sheikh Tamim.
The agreements that will be signed will focus on healthcare, vocational education, training as well as culture. The agreements may also see Qatar offering a visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports.
The agreements are expected to increase the level of Qatari investment in Philippines as Qatari companies diversify their businesses.
Philippines is seen as one of the best investment locations by Qatari businessmen, Timbayan addressed.
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority’s roadshow which was held in February in Doha was seen a huge success and earned many pledges and memoranda of understanding from Qatari businessmen.