The Philippine Business Council-Dubai (PBC-Dubai) is aiming to have 500 members by the end of the year as it is now openly encouraging professionals to sign up.

This was announced by PBC-Dubai chairman Marian Celeste ‘Bobbie’ Carella during the group’s pioneering ‘Speedy Gonzales’ networking event held over the weekend, February 20.

The highest number of members recorded in the council’s almost 15-year history is 50, with more than a dozen corporate members and the rest individual members.

Individual members are professionals, entrepreneurs and self-employed people who are influential within the Filipino community and with big purchasing powers.

Corporate members are represented by SMEs and large companies owned by Filipinos like Dubai-based marketing and magazine publisher Illustrado LLC FZE and Philippine broadcasting conglomerate ABS-CBN, respectively.

Non-Filipino owned companies targeting the Filipino market have also been active corporate members such as Western Union, Al Rostamani International Exchange and Giordano.

Carella said that interested individuals and companies can register on its website: www.philippinebusinesscouncildubai.com.

She added that the council will celebrate its 15th year anniversary in June with another edition of its highly successful PBC Dubai Interface held last June 2015. It was created as a platform for foreign and Philippine businesses to discuss and explore opportunities on the Filipino market in the UAE which is the 4th largest ethnic grouping.

The inaugural event brought together about 200 entrepreneurs and top executives from the Filipino community and other expatriate groups, as well as UAE and Philippine government dignitaries.

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