• Economic News Updates

    Economic News Updates

    For each market we cover, OBG produces regular economic research available on our website, by email subscription and via RSS feed. Free to access, our Economic Updates are targeted at those looking for regular comment on key sector developments.

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Economic Update | The Philippines: Advanced Class

9 Aug 2011

The Philippines’ education system is in the process of being given a major overhaul, with an extension to the term of basic education and a broader curriculum. These changes are aimed at better preparing students to play a role in society and the economy, though critics of the scheme warn that benefits could be limited by a lack of resources and the rush to implement the project.

Economic Update | The Philippines: Mining magnet

4 Aug 2011

The mining industry in the Philippines seems set for a boom, with earnings advancing and large-scale projects scheduled to come on-line over the next few years. However, lingering concerns over the global economy could dent demand and slow the flow of investment, as could uncertainty over regulations governing the industry.

Economic Update | The Philippines: Reduced forecast

7 Jul 2011

Although the Philippines economy looks set to grow in 2011, it seems likely that the rate of expansion will be less than that recorded over the past year or so, with both international and domestic factors weighing on growth momentum.

Economic Update | The Philippines: Touting tourism

17 Jun 2011

Manila is looking to launch a new strategic plan to maximise the country’s tourism potential, raising the sector’s profile internationally while boosting employment and investments in key infrastructure and facilities to improve service provision. However, even if the plan is successfully implemented, the Philippines will still have a long way to claim a greater share of regional hospitality sector.

Economic Update | The Philippines: Waiting for the REIT stuff

26 May 2011

With interest rates still low and consumer demand strong, the Philippines real estate sector is off to a good start this year. However, continued delays in implementing the legal framework for real estate investment trusts (REITs) may slow momentum in the property market.

Economic Update | The Philippines: Spending time

12 Apr 2011

The Philippines’ retail sector will be looking to turn solid economic growth and burgeoning consumer confidence into profits over the coming year and beyond, though a lack of prime space in top-end malls and high street locations could see rental costs rise, draining black ink from the ledgers of some in the industry.