This chapter includes the following articles.
The Philippines’ abundant biodiversity, natural resources and youthful demographics are all assets that have garnered recognition from investors in recent years. Sustained economic growth and the Philippines’ newly attained investment grade status notwithstanding, the maintenance of peace in the Mindanao region and persistent poverty levels remain key areas to address as the country continues its successful integration into the ASEAN Economic Community. Tackling ongoing challenges are important priorities for the current administration of Benigno Aquino III, which aims to leave a legacy of good governance beyond its last year in 2016. This chapter contains a viewpoint from President Benigno Aquino III; and interviews with Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General, ASEAN; and Roselan Johar Mohamed, Chairman, the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area Business Council.