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President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking for the Philippines, chair of the recently-concluded 31st Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, gave his summary statement at the conclusion of a series of meetings among the 10-member regional trade and political bloc. Apart from enumerating the Acts of Asean in Manila, Duterte…

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HONG KONG: Amid the challenges that the Philippine jewelry industry faces, six exhibitors from the Philippines, including a government agency and a jewelers’ group, joined this year’s international show here that opened Thursday, March 2, at the Victoria Harbour, with more than 2,580 participants from 39 countries and regions. “Despite…

ASEAN-EU BUSINESS SUMMIT

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Asean, EU economic ministers, senior trade officials converge in Manila DIPLOMATS have said that members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) should work for economic integration and open up their bond market for long-term investment, as these would “unlock” funds to build the needed public infrastructure in the…

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Manufacturers, retailers urged to step up HONG KONG: The local multibillion-dollar jewelry industry is upbeat about its prospects amid improving signs of a US economic recovery and strong demand from emerging markets. But with competition growing fiercer, jewelry manufacturers and retailers face the challenge of stepping up their game, finding…

The Manila Times 5th Business Forum ‘Philippine Economic Outlook for 2017’

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350 business executives, diplomats, politicians, govt officials attend Times’ forum as Duterte receives ‘Man of the Year’ 2016 award REDUCE poverty and improve public services, fight graft and corruption and create jobs, pour more investments into infrastructure and continue to rebalance foreign policy. These are what business and economic experts…

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GLOBAL company executives will remain watchful of the US economy for direction, but Asia-Pacific CEOs will expand their operations in Southeast Asia further, with most of the Philippine-based CEOs increasing their investments domestically, the head of PwC Philippines said. Alex Cabrera, chairman and senior partner at Isla Lipana & Co./PwC…

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WHILE it outperformed the Philippine economy in terms of growth and now owns the largest listed companies in the Philippines, the SM Group remains small compared to its Asian counterparts, so the conglomerate is banking on innovation and providing quality domestic jobs, among other things, to further its growth in…

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AN investor-relations executive of a holding company with diversified interests has lamented the huge economic losses caused by corruption, drugs, and many other factors, and said that fighting illegal behavior by public officials needs strong “political will” from government. “We have anti-corruption laws but are not imposed [efficiently],” Corazon Guidote,…

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DAVAO CITY: THE DUTERTE administration’s rebalancing of the Philippine foreign policy by concluding trade agreements with China and Japan, and the President’s upcoming visit to Russia would “offset whatever possible protectionist policies” that might emanate from the US under the presidency of Donald Trump. “The Duterte administration is pushing a…

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