1 February 2012/RIYADH : As part of the Philippine Embassy’s effort to enhance bilateral relations with the host country, the new Philippine Ambassador, His Excellency Ezzedin Tago met with officials of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology-KACST, the Saudi Arabian national science agency and its national research laboratories.
His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel, the President of KACST welcomed the visit and the meeting. The new Philippine envoy was accompanied by Vice Consul, Atty. Paul Saret, the mission’s Political and Economic Officer.
The main purpose of the visit is to promote bilateral technical cooperation under the aegis of the Philippine Saudi Arabia Cooperation Agreement on Economic Trade, investment and Technical Cooperation.
The Philippine Embassy wishes to discuss possible areas for joint research programs on the basis of earlier discussions made between KACST and the Philippines, Department of Science and Technology-DOST at the technical levels.
During the meeting the KACST President, Dr. Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel directed the KACST-Directorate of International Cooperation to identify specific areas of mutual interest in selected fields for joint collaborative research programs.
The Department of Science and Technology in the Philippines submitted list of Philippine Institutions responsible in their Research and Development such as in the field of Computer Electronic Research, Petroleum and Petrochemicals and Energy Research, Astronomy and Geophysics, Food Irradiation and Medical and Bioethics.
Aside from overseeing the welfare and protection of the estimated 1 Million OFWs in the Kingdom, the major task of the Philippine mission is to undertake bilateral agreements that will benefit both countries in the field of commerce, agriculture, engineering, science and technology. All of the mentioned areas can be achieved through collaborative means covered by the umbrella Memorandum of Agreement signed by the two countries in 1994. –end- By: BongA