Duterte keen to have strong economic ties with Kingdom

Duterte keen to have strong economic ties with Kingdom

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a photo with prominent Saudi businessmen during a visit to the headquarters of Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday. - SPA photo

RIYADH – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met prominent Saudi businessmen during a visit to the headquarters of Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Duterte expressed his country’s keenness to establish strong economic ties with the Kingdom and further enhance volume of trade exchange between the two countries.

Later on the day, the Philippine president was seen off at King Khalid International Airport by Minister of Labor and Social Development Ali Al-Ghafis and other senior officials.

On Tuesday, he met Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at Rawdat Khuraim.

On the sidelines of the meeting, a number of accords were signed between the two countries, including an agreement on regulating recruitment and hiring of workers. The agreement, for a period of five years, consists of several provisions, including regulating recruitment costs in both countries, ensuring recruitment to be undertaken by only the licensed agencies and firms in both the countries, opening a bank account for the worker to deposit his salary, and a mechanism to help the workers round the clock basis.

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