1.Protocol on Agricultureal Copperation between the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, signed on 14 April 1981 in Abu Dhabi, and it has entered to force on the same dage. epired in April 1991.
2.Memorandum of Understanding (on Air Services). signed on 19 May,1999 in Manila. Ratified on August 26, 1999. and it has entered into force on September, 28. 1999.
3.Air Services Agreement between the Government United Arab Emirates and the Republic of the Philippines, signed on the First day of April, 2002 in Abu Dhabi. Ratified on January 20, 2003. and it has entered into force on July, 29, 2003.
4.Memoradum of Understanding (on Air Services). signed on March, 7, 2003, in Manila. and it has entered into forces on September, 18, 2003.
5.The Agreement between the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines for the Avoidance of Double Taxes on income and on capital. Signed on September,21, 2003 in Dubai. Ratified on April, 13, 2005. concurred in by the Philippines Senate on September, 15, 2008. and it has entered into force on October 2, 2008.
6.Memoradum of Understanding between the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of the Philippines in the field of Manpower. signed on April 9, 2007 in Manila.
7.Memoradum of Understanding between JAFZA International FZE of the United Arab Emirates and Sub Bay Metropolitan Authority of the Republic of the Philippines. signed on January 27, 2008 in Dubai.
8.Memoradum of Understanding between the Department of Agriculture of the United Arab Emirates and Fresh Fruits company of the Republic of the Philippines. signed on February 27, 2008 in Dubai.
9.Memorandum of Agreement between the Federation of the Chamber of Commerce of the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry. a private sector agreement. signed on January 12, 2005 in Makati City, Philippines.
10.Memorandum of Understanding between the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry. a private sector agreement. signed on January 27, 2008. in Dubai.
11.Memorandum of Understanding on Air services. signed on Janaury 29, 2009. in Abu Dhabi.
B.Political and Security Relations:-
the Government of the UAE supported the GRP-MNLF talks that culminated in the signing of the Final Peace Agreement on September 2, 1996. in Manila.
In 2004, during the visit of former Secretary of the Foreign Affairs H.E Delia Albert to the UAE, the UAE Foreign Minister H.E Rashid Alnuaimi had pledged to back the RP's efforts to secure Oberver Status in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation OIC. However, the UAE has always said that the Republic of the Philippines PH should get the positive response of other countries that have raised resrvations.
In 2009, the UAE rankded 16th among the Republic of the Philippines' trading partners, 21st among its export markes and 14th among import sources. During the same period, UAE both Ranked 2nd as major trading partner and as import supplier and ranked 1st as export market in the Middle East Region. and the actual trade figures are the following:
From january to November 2010, UAE ranked 15th as the Philippines' trading partner, 22nd as export market and 13th as import supplier. expcept for 2004 when imports of petroleum products dropped to USD 77.32 Million, the balance of trade has consistently been in the UAE's favor.
The Republic of the Philippines' exports to the UAE exhibit a healthy balance, with consumer manufactures, food and food preparations, and industrial manufactures accounting for 25-30% each of the total (1). On the other hand, over 90% of the Philippines imports from the UAE consist of petroleum products.
Crude oil from the UAE is imported by Shell Pilipinas through SIETCO (SHELL INTERNATIONAL EASTERN TRADING COMPANY) while LPG from the UAE is imported by Liquigaz. imports of crude oil shot up in 2007as a result of Shell Pilipinas' decision to shift sourcing of crude oil from Iran to Abu Dhabi.
to further boost exports of fresh fruits products, the Department of Agirculuture in February, 2008, entered into an MOU with fresh fruits company, Dubai-based firm, to identify 3.000 hetares of land suitable for cultivation of Cavendish banana and sweet pineapple. Fresh fruits is interested in investing USD 50 Million.
Other porducts indentified by DTI-DETP for promotioini to the UAE are: garments, consumer eletronics, footwear, cosmetics, automotive parts and accessories, air-conditioning machines, and wood and metal furnitures.
Being a major transshipment point to other Gulf and Middle East states, the UAE particulary Dubai (whereas many goods are enter duty free) is will situated to serve as a distribution center for the Philippines exports to other conutries in the region.
To further promote bilateral trade as well as investment, an PH-UAE business council was recently established. The first organizing committee meeting was held on April 23, 2007.
according to Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Philippines Central Bank) data (1999-2007), a total of USD 1.4 million in net foreign direct investment (BOP) entered PH from Dubai between 2002- 2007. UAE companies operating in the Philippines include:-
1-Emirates Airlines:- the line of business is commercial aline service (Manila-Dubai-Manila), it was established was 1990. the ownership of the company is 100% the UAE. the investment is not available.
2-Dnata Wings Aviation System:- the line of service ground handling services, it was established on May 2000, the ownership between the UAE and PH 50%-50% respectively.
3-Etihad Airways:- the line of business is commercial airline service (Manila-Abu Dhabi-Manila), it was established on Feb 2006. (Source: Board of Investments)
As for Philippines investment in the UAE, local beverage manufacturer Zest-O Corp Inc. in late 2007 reportedly acquired the Dubai-based Arab beverages establishment the world's biggest producer of fruit juice sancks in doypack pouch-for 600 million Pesos.
Visitors arrival from the UAE averaged 1.200 a year in the later half of the 1990s. Since then, there has been a noticeable annual increase: the figures of visitor arrivals to the Philippines from the UAE are: in 2006 were 6.414, 2007 were 8.490, 2008 were10.931, 2009 were 10.488, and 2010 were 12.734. (Source: Department of Tourism, DOT website).
the Republic of the Philippines is not a regular recipient of official development assistance from the UAE but has benefited from scholarship grants and assistance in mintaining mosques/madrasahs (schools) and Islamic centers. the Sheikh Zayed Foundation, in particular has financed the construction of a mosque in Jolo, in the amount of USD 2 million. however, in December 2006, the Red Crescent Society in the UAE approved the donation of USD 15.000 for the victims of Typhoons that battered the Philippines between Ocb and Dec, 2006.
Monitored remittances from Land-and Sea based workers in the UAE have grown nearly eight-fold in the last seven year. the USD 53 million remitted in 2007 represents 3.67% of remittances from all conutries.
the UAE is the 2nd top destination of the OFWs in the Middle East, after Saudi Arabia. the Philippines Embassy in the Abu Dhabi estimates that there are between 500.000 to 600.000 OFWS(2) in the UAE. howevere, the are some 92 Filipino community organizations and associations in the UAE (3). on the other hand, the profiles of the OFWs in the UAE are professionals 60%, semi-skilled workers 25%, unskilled worker 15%. (4) all the professionals, skilled and semi-skilled in the private sector are convered and protected by Federal Law no 8. and those in public sector, mostly nurses and other medical staff are conved by government laws and receive better benefits.
In 2006, De La Salle College of St.Benilde forged a partnership with the Dubai-based United International Private School for purpose of facilitating applications to DLS_CSB from the UAE and other countries.
(1).Their actual shares in 2006 were: 33%, 29.3% and 24.7% respectively.
(2). Source: report from Abu Dhabi PE (ZAE-780-2010) dated 27, Sept, 2010.
(3). As of July, 2008.
(4). Sources: report from Abu Dhabi PE dated 31, August, 2010.