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Patrick Cooke, Asia Regional Editor

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Patrick Cooke
11 June 2018
OBG Business Barometer

Papua New Guinea’s chairmanship of APEC in 2018 comes at a time when the Pacific Island nation is still grappling with a foreign exchange shortage and high public debt, as well as persistent problems with law and order.

Patrick Cooke
11 June 2018
OBG Business Barometer

Papua New Guinea’s chairmanship of APEC in 2018 comes at a time when the nation is still grappling with a foreign exchange shortage and high public debt, as well as persistent problems with law and order. Despite these issues, C-suite executives appear optimistic for 2018, as shown by the more than 100 participants in Oxford Business Group’s second Business Barometer: PNG CEO Survey. The vast majority (77%) think that the APEC 2018 summit will have a positive or very positive effect on the economy.

Patrick Cooke
28 May 2018
OBG Business Barometer

Underpinning President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2016 campaign was a pledge to pursue constitutional change in the form of a federal political system. This issue is quite divisive, and it remains unclear whether lawmakers will enact constitutional change. However, a plurality (43%) of CEOs who participated in the latest OBG Business Barometer: Philippines CEO Survey say a switch to a federal system or the empowerment of local government units would be advantageous or very advantageous to the country’s economic development, against 40% who think this would be disadvantageous or very disadvantageous.