KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. partnered with the University of Asia and the Pacific, one of the country’s premier research universities and leading economics schools, to launch the 2016 annual investment guide entitled Moving Across Borders: The Philippines and the Asean Economic Community through round table discussion conducted at the Tower Club in Makati City.
During a robust discussion with executives from the country’s top companies, University of Asia and the Pacific’s University Professor and Center for Research and Communication Founder and Director, Bernardo Villegas gave an overview of the Asean Economic Community and the Philippines’ competitive advantages and challenges.
Following his talk was a panel discussion moderated by Vice Chairman and Head of Tax, Chief Operating Officer of KPMG RGM&Co. Emmanuel Bonoan together with Bank of the Philippine Islands President Cezar Consing, URC Branded Consumer Foods Group Executive Vice President and Managing Director Cornelio Mapa, Jr., John Clements Consultants, Inc. President and CEO Maria Carolina Dominguez, and University of Asia and the Pacific Vice Dean of the School of Economics and Program Director for Industrial Economics Program, George Manzano.
Moving Across Borders: The Philippines and the Asean Economic Community provides information on the role the country will play in the upcoming Asean integration. The publication tackles key insights on labor mobility, trade facilitation and connectivity, and transforming into one Asean market. The report also highlights important issues affecting the country and opportunities that the AEC will bring about as the country positions itself as a future game changer in the region.
“The Philippines is one of the most rapidly emerging markets in the Asean region. As the country moves toward integration, we believe that this publication will help Philippine and foreign investors take full advantage of the Asean integration,” said Bonoan.
Hard copies of the guide are currently available at no cost from KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. or may be downloaded through the website at www.kpmg.com.ph.