Philippines Articles & Analysis

Rapid macroeconomic growth has worked to strengthen trade and investment in the Philippines. Build, Build, Build – the government’s infrastructure development agenda – is supporting soaring imports, while the fast-growing manufacturing export base remains an economic mainstay.

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How do you assess the net effect of the first package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN 1) programme on the wider economy?

The Philippines has moved a step closer to implementing universal health care following the passing of a new bill designed to expand medical coverage. This development is also slated to present opportunities for private sector investment.

How do you assess the opportunities and obstacles to developing strong creative industries in the Philippines?

How do you see the newly formed Infrastructure Asia dovetailing with transnational initiatives like the Belt and Road?

The Philippines’ electricity market has undergone major reform, with the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) passing from state control to a newly formed independent body.

Newly approved legislation mandating a biometric national identity card is expected to help bring unbanked Filipinos into the financial fold.