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AEC: How the Philippines fares against Asean agri-food players

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A country’s global competitiveness is reflected in the list of companies in the global stage. Among these are: ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Dreyfus (the ABCD) for commodities; and Pepsico, Coca Cola, Mondelez and Mars (USA), Nestle (Switzerland), JBS (Brazil), Danone (France) for food processing. The top global retailers are: Walmart, Costco (USA), Carrefour (France), Tesco (UK), Aldi and Metro (Germany) to name a few.

Posted: September 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Taking advantage of opportunities in an integrated Asean region

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The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), in partnership with BusinessWorld and Healthway Medical, will hold its 12th MAP International CEO Conference 2014 this coming Sept. 9, Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Agriculture: Still the most potent weapon against poverty

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I was browsing over articles I have written and I stumbled on this piece that I find still very relevant, 15 years after. Here are excerpts from that article published in 1999: “A review of Philippine experience in managing economic development shows a strong bias against agriculture. Since the 1950s, industrialization has been the main […]

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features | Read More »

Simplifying the tax system redux

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“The only thing that is constant is change,” said Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Here, the constancy of change is colliding with a seemingly irresistible force—inertia against tax reform. But the Asean economic integration in 2015 and the need to be competitive may yet be the catalyst for change.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Eco 101 of Customs reform

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This month’s news reports about the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have been quite unflattering, to say the least.

Posted: August 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features | Read More »

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