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Philippines' Tactical Realignment Delivers Infrastructure Windfall

27 March 2017

With its foreign-policy pivot towards China, the Philippines looks to have secured extensive mainland investment in its own ambitious infrastructure-redevelopment programme as part of President Xi Jin...Read More


PHILIPPINES: 2017-19 Investment Priorities Plan Targets Manufacturing and Regional Development

15 March 2017

A renewed focus on the manufacturing sector and a push towards shifting investments to rural areas are among the key elements of the government’s Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) for 2017-2019....Read More


Philippines Looks to Ensure Future of Business Outsourcing Sector

13 March 2017

Despite ever-rising incomes, several external and internal factors may compromise the viability of the Philippines' largest source of foreign currency, a development that has spurred a rethink of the ...Read More


The Philippines: Market Profile

23 Jan 2017

The Philippine economy is estimated to have expanded by 6% in 2016 on the back of a robust service sector, up marginally from 5.8% in 2015. The IMF expects the Philippines to be the fastest-expanding ...Read More


Asia-Pacific Surges Ahead as World's Leading Male Grooming Market

20 Dec 2016

Although consumer preferences vary from country to country, spend on male cosmetics is up across the whole region....Read More


PHILIPPINES: 99-Year Leases Set to be Introduced for SEZ FDI Projects

14 Dec 2016

Overseas investors will be entitled to apply for 99-year land leases for projects in the country’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs). At present, buildings and land in the SEZs can only by leased for a ma...Read More


LinkedIn Emerges as Lead B2B Marketing Platform in Southeast Asia

6 Dec 2016

While Facebook has maintained its commanding position as the key social media channel for B2C marketing in Southeast Asia, LinkedIn is rapidly gaining ground among those companies looking to target hi...Read More


Selfie Ubiquity Prompts Rethink of Cosmetics Marketing Across SE Asia

29 Nov 2016

Skincare companies look to enlist keen members of the selfie generation as peer-group friendly brand ambassadors....Read More


PHILIPPINES: Larger PPP Contracted Companies Given Greenlight for Public Listings

24 Nov 2016

New regulations are to permit special purpose companies (SPC) incorporated in the Philippines by holders of a public-private partnership (PPP) contract or corporations with a PPP contract valued at fi...Read More


ASEAN Low Credit Card Use Drives Race to Win Online Payment Battle

15 Nov 2016

With credit cards a rarity, online-payment companies are desperate to build market share across Southeast Asia....Read More


Facebook Proves Key Digital Platform for Trade in the Philippines

14 Oct 2016

With Filipinos the world's biggest Facebook fans, its reach goes beyond keeping in touch with friends and relatives....Read More


PHILIPPINES: Tax Cuts for Low Earners Set to be Funded by Wider VAT Imposition

4 Oct 2016

Tax cuts for the lowest earners are to be introduced in a staged programme between 2017 and 2019. This proposed tax change was submitted to the Congress for discussion on 26 September....Read More


PHILIPPINES: Six-month Amnesty Marks New Front in Government’s War on Tax Evasion

28 Sept 2016

Companies, local residents and Philippines-based foreigners are all being urged to take advantage of the government’s forthcoming tax amnesty. The amnesty will cover all undeclared taxable revenue up ...Read More


PHILIPPINES: Major Projects Fast-Tracked in Bid to Restore Investor Confidence

22 Sept 2016

Nine infrastructure and development projects, worth P171 billion (US$3.57 billion), have been approved as a matter of national priority. The projects were green-lit just 42 days after receiving prelim...Read More


Modern Consumerism in ASEAN: An Ever Evolving Retail Landscape video

21 Sept 2016

Retail sales in major ASEAN countries are expected to rise along with rapid economic growth. Brick-and-mortar shops will remain the dominant distribution channel in ASEAN countries. However e-commerce...Read More


ASEAN Ports Buck Global Trend with Wave of Expansion and Refitting

8 Sept 2016

Suppliers in the ASEAN ports sector are riding a wave of opportunities as the industry upgrades to handle bigger ship sizes, while substantial investment is now being made in ports, transport infrastr...Read More


PHILIPPINES: Business Registration Time Cut to Two Days Prior to Adoption of Online System

8 Sept 2016

Registration of new businesses in the Philippines will now just take two days, while renewals of existing trading licences will take just one day. The improved turnaround comes as part of a streamlini...Read More


PHILIPPINES: On-site Audits Resume as War on Tax Evaders Takes Centre-stage

2 Sept 2016

Field audits and on-site visits are to be resumed as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) continues its crackdown on the country’s tax evaders. Such visits were temporarily suspended in July, but have...Read More


Philippines Looks to be Net Exporter of Franchise Brands Across Asia

15 Aug 2016

While once something of a passive repository for US brands, the Philippines' franchise industry is now both welcoming in pan-Asian brands while also actively seeking to export its own highly-successfu...Read More


PHILIPPINES: Competing Legislation Aims to Cut Corporate Income Tax to 25%

11 Aug 2016

A staged drop to a 25% rate of corporate income tax (CIT) over the next three years or the immediate adoption of the figure are the two choices currently being considered by the House of Representativ...Read More

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