Russia’s 30-member official delegation arrived in Cebu yesterday to attend the 2nd Philippine-Russia Business Forum and Exhibition, which formally opens today at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City.
St. Petersburg vice governor Igor Metelskiy heads the delegation composed of Russian government officials, private travel group leaders, and members of the press.
Metelskiy is expected to give the keynote speech today and specifically lay down the trade opportunities between the two countries more particularly between Cebu and St. Petersburg.
The two provinces signed a sisterhood partnership last September. Cebu is the only province in the Philippines to have successfully forged a sisterhood agreement with St. Petersburg, which is the second largest and progressive city in Russia next to Moscow.
About 400 local and international delegates are expected to attend the business and exhibition forum, which is also participated by two other major cities in Russia namely Moscow and Vladivostok.
“This year’s event promises to be a useful venue for prestigious business groups to network and explore opportunities that will expand trade and investments between the two countries,” said Russian ambassador to the Philippines Vitaly Vorobiev.
The business forum will have business sessions and roundtable discussions on mining and energy; education and culture; tourism and wellness; labor, placement, and outsourcing; retirement facilities, and real estate development; and trade promotion and development.
A one-on-one business matching and meeting between exhibitors and investors will also be conducted.
In cooperation with major export business groups, the four-day event will throw a grand exhibition of Cebu’s best products rangng from ranging from accessories and housewares to designer clothes and furniture pieces.
The groups include the Cebu Gifts, Toys, and Houseware Manufacturers and Exporter Foundation Inc. (Cebu-GTH), the Cebu Fashion Accessories Manufacturers and Exporters Foundation (Cebu FAME), the Fashion Council of Cebu (FCC), and the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc. (CFIF).
Aside from the trade exhibition, an art show, photo exhibit, and cultural dance presentations will also highlight the event.
The art show will display masterpieces from Gregory Pototsky of Russia and his students while the photo exhibit will have 160 pictures of “Philippines and Russia Insights” from 20 Russian photographers, four photographers from Manila, and six from Cebu.
The 2nd Philippine-Russian Business Forum is organized by the Philippine Russian Business Assembly Inc. and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Province of Cebu and the Department of Tourism.
The Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corp. is co-organizing the event in association with the City of Mandaue, Department of Trade and Industry, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu Business Club, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu FAME, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, and the Cebu Gifts, Toys and Housewares (GTH).
Supporting the four-day affair are the Cebu Energy Development Corp./Toledo Power Corp., CHI/Cebu Property Ventures & Development Corp., Hongkong Express, PLDT-SME, Smart, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Pascual Consumer Health Care Corp.,Epson, Globis Inc., GNM Printing House/SciTechs Digital Solutions, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Be Resorts Mactan, Ng Khai, Pelagos, Olimpe Capital, Gorizont Consulting Corp., Milkfish, Legwork Production & Promotions, Neo Manufacturing Services Inc./Glee Electronics, and San Remigio Pensionne Suites/Primemovers and PRWorks.
Sun.Star Online, Sun.Star Cebu, Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, GMA-7, Philippine Graphic Magazine, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Alcordo Advertising, and Amazing Cebu G Channel, Kommersant, Luxe Magazine and PhotoTravel Magazine are the media partners of the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition.