THE Government of St. Petersburg heads the group of delegates arriving from Russia for the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition (PRBFEX) on Oct. 21-24 at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City.
St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matvienko made the confirmation in a diplomatic communiqué forwarded to honorary Russian Consul Armi Lopez Garcia by the Russian Embassy just recently.
Consul Garcia said the confirmation reaffirms St. Petersburg’s interest in the development of business relations with the Philippines.
“The Government of St. Petersburg pays great attention to the development of fruitful mutually-beneficial cooperation with foreign nations, including the Philippines,” Matvienko said in her official statement.
According to Matvienko, her government is right now working out suggestions on its participation in the PRBFEX which she said “will be a good venue for effective interaction and expansion of contacts between St. Petersburg and the Philippines.”
Matvienko is expected to deliver her keynote address in the opening ceremonies of the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition on Oct. 21.
His Excellency Vitaly Vorobiev, Russian ambassador to the Philippines, will likewise deliver a message and will make the necessary introduction of the St. Petersburg governor as the keynote speaker.
Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia will be on hand to welcome the guests and participants to the event.
Main highlight of the opening rites is the unveiling of the Leo Tolstoy bust which will be mounted at the Sugbo Cultural Center located within the University of the Philippines-Visayas Cebu College campus in Lahug.
The bust of the famous 19th century Russian novelist will serve as the symbol of the Province of Cebu’s sisterhood ties with St. Petersburg and Vladimir.
A Philippine-Russian Trade Exhibition, an Art Show, Photo Exhibit, and Cultural Dances will also be featured during the four-day event which carries the theme: “Moving Forward Together.”