The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has been exploring the possibility of tapping foreign expertise to help in the development of the country’s transport sector.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade earlier met with a delegation from Sweden, led by State Secretary Niklas Johansson, to discuss opportunities for cooperation in the transport sector.
Members of the Swedish delegation included representatives from aerospace and defense company Saab, truck manufacturer Volvo, and Swedish export credit agency EKN.
Volvo and Saab have been keen on providing sustainable solutions to the ongoing efforts to modernize the country’s infrastructure, particularly in setting up a bus rapid system and beefing up security in the country’s airports.
The Volvo Group manufactures trucks, buses, construction equipment, and industrial engines, while the Saab Group specializes in defense and security systems.
Last October, Tugade met with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Philippines Igor Khovaev to explore possible partnerships and project collaborations.
Meanwhile, the DOTr, with the help of the French government, jumpstarted last month the feasibility study for an urban cable car project in Metro Manila.
The feasibility study, which will last for 10 months, is funded by a grant from the government of France amounting to around 450,000 euros.