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Ways to growth, profitability and competitiveness

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Affiliate Chemrez Technologies, Inc. (COAT) is the subject of a tender offer by D&L Industries, Inc. (DNL), the listed holding company also organized by the Lao family.

Posted: September 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Truck ban threatens PH competitiveness

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Truck haulers wait for their turn to haul their cargo amid containers which are stacked five-tier high at the congested Manila International Container Terminal port on Aug. 20, 2014, in Manila. Manila has been dealing with heavy traffic for the past two months following the Manila city ordinance banning trucks from major thoroughfares and slowing down trucks in hauling containers. The truck ban and the resulting congestion at major ports pose new barriers to trade that could drag down the Philippines’ overall competitive score, according to officials.  AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

Intensified focus will be key for policymakers if they are to protect the progress the country has made in global competitiveness—gains that are now harder to protect and improve.

Posted: September 4th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

PH court proceedings in the Asean context

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In this column published on Nov. 13, 2013, I talked about the 30-notch quantum leap in the overall rating of the Philippines in the 2014 Doing Business Report.

Posted: May 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

PH falls 4 notches in world competitive ranking

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Photo taken on April 26,2014, shows an unpaved portion of the Catanduanes circumferential road. In terms of infrastructure, many Philippine roads remain unpaved, transportation is deemed inefficient while the primary airport is operating beyond capacity, according to the 2014 World Competitiveness Yearbook.  PHOTO BY RICK ALBERTO

The Philippines suffered a setback in the competitiveness rankings, dropping four notches to rank 42nd in the 2014 World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY), despite the overall optimism in the country’s strong economic growth and perceived improvements in the business environment and governance.

Posted: May 22nd, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

PH firms weighed down by smuggling, high power cost

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Smuggling and the high cost of power were identified among the top “binding constraints” that hamper the competitiveness of Philippine industries.

Posted: May 9th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

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