The Philippine International Competitiveness Landscape

Filipinos have long been highly competitive in the world job market, yet perceptions of the Philippine investment climate have eroded in all major rankings of international competitiveness.

This has been a decade of expansion for international competitiveness rankings. More and more have appeared, with increasing coverage, literally from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The increasing number of international rankings has been stimulated by the globalization of investment, trade, and information. Companies moving manufacturing or business processing operations offshore want to know how potential locations rank.

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Regional Business Outlook Survey

From 2003 to 2009, the ASEAN Regional Business Outlook Survey of American Chambers of Commerce in ASEAN identified areas of concern where member firms were dissatisfied or extremely dissatisfied. These concerns are listed below in Table 15 with the percentages dissatisfied or extremely dissatisfied. [ Read This Chapter ]

Best Countries for Business

The Best Countries for Business List is an annual list prepared by Forbes Magazine. The 2009 report is described as a ranking of countries according to "who is best equipped to bounce back" from the 2009 economic meltdown based on various indices and reports.... [ Read This Chapter ]

[OPINION] All cracked up

17 October, 2017 at 14:54

A diplomat who watched President Duterte perorating against the European Union last week said the remarks were so incredible he felt like cracking up.

[OPINION] Competitiveness

9 October, 2017 at 12:00

I arrived in this city past midnight last Thursday curious to see what makes this once war-torn country so attractive to foreign investors.

[EDITORIAL] Remember the socioeconomic agenda

9 October, 2017 at 10:54

Business confidence remains up and the stock market is hitting new highs. Recent political turbulence, however, is starting to stir concern in the business community.

Vietnam beats PHL in competitiveness

29 September, 2017 at 15:00

The Philippines climbed a rung in the World Economic Forum’s annual competitiveness roster this year even as the country’s score slipped, allowing Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam to jump over it.

PH one spot higher in Global Competitiveness...

27 September, 2017 at 10:08

The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, published today, sees the Philippines going up in global competitiveness rankings by 1 notch, from 57th in 2016 to 56th in 2017.

[OPINION] Improving the investment climate

25 September, 2017 at 15:00

The National Competitiveness Council has been tracking the Philippines’ progress across various global indices since 2010, and by most indicators it has gone up the rankings over this period.

Senate approves Expanded Anti-Red Tape Act on...

25 August, 2017 at 14:00

The Senate has passed on third and final reading a priority bill of the Duterte administration which seeks to reduce the requirements and streamline processes in starting and operating businesses.

Korean firms leave Philippines for Vietnam

25 August, 2017 at 13:00

Korean manufacturing companies in the Philippines are packing up and leaving the country for Vietnam where they see lower costs and an easier way of doing business.

Peace and order situation worries foreign investors

25 August, 2017 at 12:00

Foreign business groups based here in the country have raised reservations regarding the local peace and order situation, warning that overseas tourists and investors might be more hesitant in engaging the Philippines under an uncertain political climate.

JFC expresses support to Duterte programs

25 August, 2017 at 10:56

Foreign business chambers yesterday expressed their full confidence and support to President Duterte’s administration even as they highlighted peace and order of any country as critical factor in attracting and making investment decision.

Business sector proposes action plan for Philippines...

11 August, 2017 at 16:33

The business community has recommended to the national government five actionable plans aimed to strengthen the Philippines’ competitiveness in Southeast Asia and to improve ease of doing business in the country.

[OPINION] Inclusive growth is finally happening

9 August, 2017 at 15:45

For the longest time, I was observing how the Philippine economy was experiencing growth that was narrow, shallow and hollow. “Narrow,” because our economic growth had a narrow sectoral and geographical base.

ASEAN turns 50 and there is much...

4 August, 2017 at 10:00

August 8 marks the 50th birthday of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In recent years, the United States has spent more diplomatic capital on ASEAN, including when former President Obama hosted all 10 leaders for a summit…

[OPINION] Financing the Philippine golden age of...

1 June, 2017 at 17:00

In recent years, the Philippines has enjoyed strong and sustained economic growth founded on sound macroeconomic fundamentals.

[VIDEO] PH, US free trade deals should...

17 May, 2017 at 09:58

The Philippines and the United States should explore “bilateral free trade agreements” after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a senior adviser of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines said Tuesday.

[EDITORIAL] A fundamental right

4 May, 2017 at 09:45

Knowledge is power in the Information Age; rapid advances in telecommunications have empowered people and helped ease poverty around the planet. Last year the United Nations declared internet access as a fundamental human right that cannot be blocked or disrupted.

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