Philippines Articles & Analysis

Despite gloomy global trade forecasts, the Philippines’ strong macroeconomic fundamentals, competitive geographical and labour force advantages, and rising domestic consumption bode well for future trade and investment.

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With an eye on reversing a dip in foreign direct investment (FDI), the Philippines has proposed a series of reforms aimed at increasing trade liberalisation.

What do you think is driving the growing infrastructure gaps throughout emerging and developing economies in Asia?

The Department of Agriculture (DoA) has announced a raft of programmes planned for 2018 aimed at boosting farm productivity, though ensuring their viability will depend partly on funding allocations in the government’s proposed 2018 budget. 

Major energy projects in the Philippines are set to receive a substantial boost following changes to the approval system, with new reforms expected to dramatically speed up implementation.

Strong consumer demand and economic expansion should drive further growth in the Philippine retail sector, assisted by increased bank lending and subdued inflation.


Over the years Central Visayas’ key city, Cebu, has grown into one of the country’s most significant provincial economies and an attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI). Formerly the country’s colonial capital, and currently known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu’s central location has positioned the island as a natural...