Russia interested in hiring engineers, business managers from PHL
Russia is looking forward to hiring highly-skilled workers, including engineers and business managers, from the Philippines once the necessary agreements are forged to ensure their security, the top Russian diplomat in the country said Friday.
"We are also interested to hire highly qualified people from your country," Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Ivor Anatolyevich Khovaev told a forum held at the Manila Peninsula.
"Highly-skilled workers, engineers and business managers as well because as far as I know the Philippines is able to export not only housemaids or nurses but also highly-qualified specialists," he said.
However, in order for this to happen, Khovaev said the two countries "need to create a necessary legal basis."
"We need to sign a number of bilateral agreements to adequately protect the legitimate right of workers and of employees and employers," he said.
He said that through these agreements, "we will create necessary favorable conditions for a substantial enhancement of our bilateral relations on different areas including political dialogue, trade and investment, security and defense, education, culture, Science and technology – everything."
Pinoys should discover Russia
Noting that it's time for Filipinos "to discover Russia," Khovaev extended his invitation to Filipino tourists and businessmen.
"It's time for Filipinos to discover Russia and it's time for Russians to discover Philippines," he said. "Please consider Russia as a neighbor. We're not really far from each other."
To Filipino businessmen, he said: "I'm calling on all Filipino business people, please be more active, aggressive in exploring business possibilities in Russia."
"You should be more aggressive in advertising your tourism potential," he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit Russia on May 25 in what Khovaev sees as the strengthening of ties between the two countries..
"Our aim is to build a new bilateral partnership between Philippines and Russia based on equality and mutual respect," he said, adding that Russia considers the Philippines as a "major promising partner of Russia in the Asia Pacific region."
Khuvaev said that they are serious about their intentions and that they are interested in a comprehensive cooperation with the Philippines. —KBK, GMA News