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] RevGov: To be or not to...

15 December, 2017 at 13:00

That is the question. Do we need a revolutionary government, or not? We do need something.

Business leaders want open field for telco

29 November, 2017 at 15:58

Business leaders have lauded President Duterte’s push to break the “duopoly” in the country’s telecommunications industry, but pointed out this should not be limited to Chinese companies.

Foreign business groups welcome move to ease...

27 November, 2017 at 13:00

Foreign business leaders are elated with President Duterte’s recent call to ease restrictions on investment areas with limited foreign participation, saying such a move will lead to more investments and spur faster economic growth.

Philippines jumps 10 rungs on IMD’s annual...

27 November, 2017 at 11:21

The Philippines rose 10 notches in a global ranking of 63 economies based on how well they develop, attract and retain talent — both foreign and local — in a sign the Southeast Asian nation is at the cusp of a demographic dividend.

Targets set for reduced foreign curbs

24 November, 2017 at 10:55

Malacañang has zeroed in on eight sectors and activities in its bid to further ease limits to foreign participation and ownership, according to Memorandum Order No. 16 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea on Nov. 21 and released to journalists on Thursday.

[EDITORIAL] Challenges amid growth

21 November, 2017 at 13:00

Despite the siege in Marawi, inflation, political noise and external factors, the economy grew by a better-than-expected 6.9 percent in the third quarter.

[OPINION] Not business-friendly

6 November, 2017 at 12:30

Last year it took an average of 28 days to start a business in the Philippines – an improvement from the 49 in 2003.

Ease of doing business expected to improve...

6 November, 2017 at 10:21

The Philippines will effect “drastic” improvements in terms of ease of doing business (EODB) within two or three years, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said in response to a 14-place drop in the World Bank’s rankings.

The Duterte Administration strengthens its efforts on...

3 November, 2017 at 18:00

The Duterte government reaffirms its commitment to accelerate the several reforms being undertaken to improve the ease of doing business in the Philippines.

The Philippines looks to foreign investment to...

3 November, 2017 at 10:00

With an eye on reversing a dip in foreign direct investment (FDI), the Philippines has proposed a series of reforms aimed at increasing trade liberalisation.

PHL in lower half of Doing Business...

2 November, 2017 at 12:00

The Philippines has remained in the lower half of an annual gauge of economies’ competitiveness in terms of improving business conditions for entrepreneurs, a better score notwithstanding.

[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.

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