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 ]

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.

BY 2030: Manufacturing to triple jobs to...

9 March, 2017 at 08:30

The number of workers in the manufacturing sector is targeted to triple to 10 million by 2030 as industries make a big push for industrialization, according to Roberto Batungbacal, vice president of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (Amcham).

Manufacturing must do more to generate jobs...

8 March, 2017 at 16:26

“The manufacturing sector is seen as a key driver in accelerating economic growth in a country that would have a population of 200 million by 2050. The goal is to create a globally competitive manufacturing sector that would contribute…

Building blocks for competitiveness in 2017

4 January, 2017 at 08:30

Over the last six years, we have tracked the country’s competitiveness ranking across a series of global competitiveness reports to see how we compare against other countries.

Gov’t gearing up for RCEP, EU trade...

28 December, 2016 at 10:58

The Philippines is gearing up to negotiate two big free trade agreements (FTA) next year, as countries under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) approach a consensus on the partnership’s terms

25 state agencies repeal burdensome rules

12 December, 2016 at 17:00

A little over two dozen government agencies signed yesterday repeal orders for regulations seen as redundant and burdensome within their respective agencies

Balisacan backs liberalization of professional, education sectors

8 December, 2016 at 16:46

Philippine Competition Commission chair Arsenio Balisacan said yesterday the opening up of professions and ownership of educational institutions to foreigners would improve further the country’s competition landscape.

Philippines good at frustrating foreign investors –...

29 November, 2016 at 13:00

The Philippines is still much “talk” and less “walk” when it comes to addressing the country’s attractiveness as an investment destination.

PCC: Make policy changes to open telco,...

28 November, 2016 at 14:09

There is no need to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution to liberalize the country’s telecommunications and energy sectors and allow foreign players to operate as public utilities, said the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC).

Will they be done?

24 November, 2016 at 10:21

In June, President Duterte and his chosen Cabinet members met with the business community to discuss the economic plans of the new government …

Gov’t vows to lure foreign investors

10 November, 2016 at 14:00

Expect the Duterte administration to further open up the education, media and retail sectors in the next few years as it aims to attract more foreign capital, economic managers told representatives of bilateral and multilateral development partners Tuesday.

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