PH seen beating growth forecasts this year


MANILA, Philippines–The Philippines is likely to outperform consensus growth forecasts this year with the political and reform environment looking ripe for the implementation of more changes and the world economy appearing to be on the mend, New York-based think tank Global Source said.

But behind the surging confidence, the think tank said there were emerging questions about the sustainability of the economy’s growth as the unresolved crisis in the West meant that the country would have to rely on internal sources of growth.

In a Feb. 10 commentary dated “High on Snake Blood” written by economists Romeo  Bernardo and Marie-Christine Tang, Global Source projected the Philippines gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 6.1 percent this 2013, upgrading its previous forecast of 5 percent.  This upgraded forecast is more optimistic than the 5.6 percent consensus forecast based on FocusEconomics Consensus Economics albeit slower than the actual 6.6 percent attained by the country last year.

The slightly slower growth seen for this year factors in weak external growth and a strong local currency weighing down on exports.

For 2014, Global Source expects a growth of 5.8 percent versus the 5.7 percent consensus forecast.

“We hinge our higher-than-consensus growth forecast on the domestic macro policy environment continuing to be supportive particularly in terms of higher government spending, further expansions in private investments, and election spending aiding consumption growth,” the research said.

“Prevailing policies of easy money in advanced economies will again frame domestic monetary policy this year with the problem of capital inflows compounded by ‘risk on’ conditions in global financial markets,” it said.

But Global Source said a number of things could drag growth lower. It said the worst case would involve a sharper fiscal contraction in the US and deeper recession in Europe with China unable to pick up the slack due to internal excesses built up over the years. It added that tensions in the Middle East may again flare up reversing the forecast downtrend in oil prices.

“Internally, remaining bureaucratic bottlenecks may again stall government spending keeping a lid on investment ratios and souring investor moods,” it said.

But in the best case, it said the world economy would recover much faster and stronger than expected giving the local economy extra growth drivers through higher export sales and remittance growth.

The key will be investment and whether a combination of business optimism and record low interest rates will produce accelerated growth, the research said.

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  • parefrank

    Forget all the Think Tanks. Due to them, there should never happen the recent global crisis. They all can only use the informations given or available to them. The billion losses that started the crisis have been based on infformations of mainly one rating agency in USA. The forecasts for PH are mainly based on informations from Malacanang which first have to pass filters to remove negative facts and then a rosy painting prior to publishing. The more in an election year. Forecasts are like the statistics, out of any basis you can make any result. Like the question to call a glass with water as half empty or half full.
    With the trillions budget for 2013, no problem for the administration and Noy to pump hundreds of billions into vote buying projects esp. of LP candidates, which of course increases the GDP.

  • KpTUL

    To the author Dumlao:

    Is Global Source a reliable think-tank ? There exists so many think-tanks out there that you can just quote and make news out of it. Please please for starters you need to explain what kind of a think-tank you are basing your report from. ‘Coz no one can stop you from creating news everyday as if there is a real need for it. Please quote only the the popular ones. Please … 

    • Klein Mo

      It seems to be.. Google says GlobalSource covers Latin America, East Asia, Africa and Europe. Search phrase: GlobalSource, economics…

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