The Manila Times presents top global economists for its 3rd Business Forum

IMF, World Bank, BSP examine 2016 PH economic prospects

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Analysts have made various forecasts on the Philippine economy in 2016 but identifying the risks and opportunities in the headwinds coming this way which businesses can seize is a challenge The Manila Times will tackle in its 3rd Business Forum today.

Gathering at New World Manila Bay Hotel from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., an elite roster of speakers from the economic, business, banking and financial world, led by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., International Monetary Fund Philippine Representative Dr. Shanaka Jayanath Peiris, and World Bank lead economist Rogier van den Brink, will share their expert insights on the theme “The Philippine Economic Outlook for 2016.”

This is the third business forum hosted by The Manila Times. Previous forums have examined the topics of China-Philippine economic relations, and the challenges and opportunities of Asean economic and trade integration.

Peiris of the IMF will discuss policy challenges to taking advantage of the Philippines’ macroeconomic stability and strength.


The World Bank’s Van den Brink will look at structural challenges to inclusive growth, including the critical areas of job generation and agricultural development.

The fourth speaker, Convergys Chairman Marife Zamora, will share her insights on the key BPO sector and its prospects for the year ahead.

To provide even greater insights, the speakers will be joined in question-and-answer sessions with a formidable group of expert reactors, including Hans Sicat, Philippine Stock Exchange president and CEO; Greg Navarro, Deloitte Phils./Navarro, Amper & Co. managing partner and chief executive officer; Eduardo Francisco, BDO Capital & Investment Corp. president; Alexander Cabrera, PwC Philippines chairman and senior partner; Marivic Españo, Punongbayan & Araullo chairman and CEO; and Ben Kritz, The Manila Times Business columnist and World News editor.

“We are honored to have the country’s leading authorities and experts on the subject as speakers in this Forum,” said The Manila Times President and CEO/Executive Editor Dante Francis “Klink” Ang 2nd.

“For sure, many of us monitor changes in the economy to discover new areas of growth, to look at industries and sectors that are rising and falling, and to keep track of related development that help shape strategies and policies,” Ang explained. “The economic insights and forecasts that will be shared with us today will hopefully offer critical information that will help organizations navigate their way through risks and toward opportunities.”

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