"The Build Build Build program generates a lot of interest among Swedish businesses and we have many decades of successful work in this area in Sweden."
Sweden has made moves to support the Philippine government to improve security at the Asian country’s airports, part of an agreement that could see it rekindle a business arrangement with one of the Scandinavian country’s most famous brands, Saab. Should it go ahead, the potential deal could see the Swedish company provide defence and security systems, such as its Giraffe radar systems, Saab’s electronic scanned array detection technology that it supplied to the Asian country in 2016.
The Philippines is in the market for such technologies as it progresses with its ‘Build Build Build’ programme, a massive infrastructure plan that the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, has embarked upon to increase productivity, create jobs and strengthen the economy as it seeks to compete on the world stage. A website dedicated to Build Build Build states that infrastructure is among the top priorities of the current Duterte administration and will spend around nine trillion pesos – in the region of £127bn – between 2017 and 2022.
Following a meeting in the Philippines between Sweden’s ambassador, Harald Fries, and finance secretary, Carlos Dominguez, Sweden’s infrastructure minister has invited his Philippino counterpart to Sweden to demonstrate how they use their security systems. The invitation also forms part of a much wider deal with fellow Swedish company, Volvo, to provide trucks, buses and construction equipment to help with the Build, Build, Build programme.
“For infrastructure, we sell sustainable solutions. The Build Build Build programme generates a lot of interest among Swedish businesses and we have many decades of successful work in this area in Sweden,” said Fries. “The Swedish infrastructure minister has invited Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to Sweden to study how we do it.”
Saab has had an official presence in the Philippine’s for close to two years now after the defence and security company that is also known for making cars opened offices in its capital city, Manila, in November 2016. The Swedish company said at the opening that key future business opportunities there include naval combat systems, maritime and air traffic management systems, and training systems and solutions.
In a deal that could also see efficiency improvements brought to commuter travel in the Philippines, the country’s Department of Transportation is also reportedly in close contact with Sweden to help ease the capital Manila’s crippling congestion, such as providing buses to aid the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 network.
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