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Philippine agriculture inadequately addressed in Asean


At the April 10 Asean Economic Community (AEC) Forum, Alyansa Agrikultura leaders felt that the government needed to give more attention to Philippine agriculture.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Time running out for SMEs, PCCI warns


Citing the need to level the playing field ahead of the economic integration of members of the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is urging Congress to pass into law the pending bill on competition when the legislature resumes session next month.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Invite all SE Asian nations to Pacific pact, says PH finance exec

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima: Public sector debt has become more and more manageable. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A U.S.-backed Pacific free trade pact could cause resentment in Southeast Asia as it would leave some nations in the region better positioned to access America’s market than others, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said Thursday.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Stakeholder-oriented corporate governance pushed

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Advocacy group Shareholders’ Association of the Philippines (SharePHIL) has urged the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to reinstate a “stakeholder-oriented” corporate governance regime in the country, a laggard among Southeast Asian peers in various corporate governance metrics.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

PH seen ready for Asean economic integration

Trade Undersecretary Adrian S. Cristobal Jr. EU PHOTO FROM BOI.GOV.PH

The Department of Trade and Industry remains bullish on the country’s prospects with the upcoming regional economic integration of the 10 member-states of the Asean starting 2015, stressing that the Philippines is “primed and ready.”

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Internet infra in PH trails Asean peers


Internet infrastructure in the Philippines is lagging behind most of its Asean neighbors, thus limiting Filipino businesses’ access to the opportunities being presented by a wired economy, a report commissioned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) showed.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Russia to pursue trade with Asean


Russia has expressed a keen interest in the areas of transport, energy, information technologies, tourism and public-private partnership investment fund, once the Asean Economic Community is fully established, said Lim Hong Hin, deputy secretary general of Asean.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Regional industry roadmaps sought


Regional industry roadmaps are seen crucial in strengthening the viability and competitiveness of local businesses in light of the economic integration of Asean economies by 2015, said state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Asean free trade agreement with HK expected to benefit PH

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is eyeing to forge a free trade agreement with Hong Kong, which is seen to benefit the Philippines significantly.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

In Asean vehicle sales, PH ranks 4th


Motor vehicle sales in seven Asean countries fell by 16 percent to 255,263 units in January this year, according to data from the Asean Automotive Federation.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Asean economic integration as a game-changer


On Jan. 15, 2014, Ms. Teresita Sy-Coson of the SM group of companies was the keynote speaker in the induction ceremonies of the new trustees and officers of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (Finex), led by my friend and fellow avid Blue Eagles fan, president-elect Edmundo Soriano.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Int’l traders see PH as gateway to Asean


Investors are considering making the Philippines their gateway for their planned investments in the region, in preparation for the formation of the Asean Economic Community by 2015.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »



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