• Health

    OBG reviews the government and private health sectors highlighting opportunities for international medical providers to enter local markets. Overall spending, ratios of medical staff, facilities per capita and project spending plans are analysed. Health tourism also comes under scrutiny where relevant.
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The Philippines is one of the world’s fastest-growing nations. Although economic activity slowed during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic period, stimulus measures, imminent public sector policies and a larger budget are expected to create jobs, generate growth and help kick-start the country’s recovery during 2021.

The outbreak of Covid-19 all but halted global medical tourism, as institutions cut non-essential services and patients stayed at home due to travel restrictions and social-distancing guidelines. However, with flight bans being lifted and many countries tentatively re-opening, there are early examples of how the medical tourism segment might position itself for a rebound.

As various countries contend with a second wave of Covid-19 outbreaks, many emerging markets are pinning their hopes on a vaccine that will allow them to confidently reopen their economies without the fear of limited health services being overwhelmed. 

The economic downturn resulting from lower global commodity prices and the completion of the PNG LNG project means the future of Papua New Guinea must be navigated with care. The country possesses plentiful natural resources, which, given effective management, could provide new revenue to spur diversification, as well as sustainable and equitable growth in all provinces.


President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s declaration that 2019 would be the year of education followed the government’s announcement in 2018 of a major education overhaul programme. The year 2019 thus saw a number of initiatives put in place, most of which were aimed at increasing uptake of technology in classrooms and ultimately creating a dramatic...


In 2019 the government announced its Education 2.0 (EDU 2.0) initiative, a ambitious educational reform programme aimed at shifting the emphasis from memorisation and test taking to applied learning, and incorporating the use of technology. Investment for this transformation will come from both the government and international organisations,...

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