24/08/2017 07:52 AST

Executives from a Philippine-based medical organisation are set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a local business group in Qatar for a medical facility project in Doha. Dr Jose Tiongco, CEO of Medical Mission Group Hospitals and Healthcare Cooperative (MMG Hospital group), said the MoU signing will be witnessed by doctors, most of whom are CEOs from the Philippines’ healthcare industry, who will visit Qatar to explore the country’s investment climate.

Tiongco said the doctors will be inspecting the site of the proposed medical facility during the visit. Philippine Business Council-Qatar (PBC-Q) adviser Robert Lepon also confirmed that a series of meetings with other potential investors and partners have been arranged during the visit.

While in Qatar, 30 CEOs and board members of MMG Hospital group, as well as select members of the Filipino community in Qatar, will also participate in the two-day ‘CEO Conference and Collegial Meeting’ on Friday (August 25) hosted by PBC-Q. Speaking to Gulf Times yesterday, PBC-Q chairman Greg Loayon said the conference “recognises the ripe potential of Qatar’s business climate.”

Loayon said Doha was chosen as the venue for the conference “to give the CEOs an introduction into Qatar,” where the MMG Hospital group has planned to set up polyclinics and a Filipino hospital.

This, according to Loayon, follows a meeting earlier this year between MMG Hospital group and HE the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari, with the Philippine’s Secretary of the Department of Health, Dr Jean Rossell-Ubial, where the group’s business plans were discussed.

“The addition of more medical facilities in Qatar further bolsters the country’s capacity to meet the needs of its population, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030,” Lepon stressed further.

In 2015, Tiongco and other executives from MMG Hospital group, under the auspices of the PBC-Q, first held talks with prominent members of the Qatar business community to explore the prospects of a Filipino hospital in Qatar.

Earlier, Loayon said Qatar’s government “wants to raise the level of its health industry, hence the country’s expansion of medical facilities, and its focus on the national health insurance system to bring health into the forefront of Qatar.”

Gulf Times

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