Philippines Industry

Chapter | Industry & Retail from The Report: Philippines 2019

Industrial expansion has played a leading role in the Philippines’ economic progress, with industry’s value added doubling between the 1980s and early 2000s. From a manufacturing standpoint, a number of inherent advantages make the country an enticing production base and consumer market, including its strategic location, large population, and burgeoning middle class. However, congested...

The Philippines’ cooling inflation, improved ease of doing business and increased openness to foreign participation are set to encourage more foreign direct investment. A wealth of infrastructure investment under President Rodrigo Duterte’s flagship Build Build Build programme should ease congestion, reduce regional inequality and further boost the flourishing tourism industry.

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Favourable macroeconomic conditions – namely lower inflation and increased purchasing power – have bolstered consumer confidence in the Philippines. Likewise, enhanced business strategies and new product lines have played a key role in expanding the retail sector in recent years, as has the continued development of e-commerce and rising...


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) drive global economic growth and employment, accounting for an average of 33% of GDP and 45% of the workforce in high-income countries, and over 60% of GDP and 70% of employment in developing economies. The rise of SMEs has been crucial to economic diversification and resilience, particularly in...


What is needed to encourage growth in the mining sector with a focus on value-added activities?


What measures could be taken to boost automobile production in the Philippines?


What are the main trends in the regional sector?


Rolling back decades of globalisation, the growing international trend of protectionism has disrupted cross-border trade flows. Perhaps the most significant manifestation of this is the trade war between the US and China, which has altered global supply chains, and forced governments and private firms to make difficult geopolitical and...

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