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U.S. Seeks to Strengthen Economic Relations with Asia as TPP Parties Agree on Core Elements of New Deal

24 Nov 2017

During his nearly two-week trip to Asia President Trump discussed bi-lateral trade relations with the leaders of mainland China, Vietnam, the Philippines and other U.S. trade partners but came away wi...Read More


PHILIPPINES: 300 New SEZs Promised for 2018 Amid Concerns Over Official Delays

17 Nov 2017

Some 300 new Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are to be established during the course of 2018, according to the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), including two large SEZs in the two provinces of...Read More


The Middle Class Consumer Markets in ASEAN: Hong Kong Opportunities (Executive Summary)

14 Nov 2017

This report examines the consumer markets in five ASEAN countries – Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. It starts by providing an overview of ASEAN and findings of a survey of ...Read More


PHILIPPINES: Foreign Exchange Procedures Set to be Streamlined by Year End

27 Oct 2017

Companies and banks will no longer need to register and seek official permission when conducting foreign exchange (forex) transactions. The change has been championed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipina...Read More


The Philippines: Infrastructure Opportunities and Challenges

24 Oct 2017

The Philippine government has made infrastructure development a top priority under President Duterte’s Socio-economic Agenda. To realise the ambitious infrastructure plan, foreign involvement in terms...Read More


PHILIPPINES: Overseas Capital Requirement Cut to US$200,000 for Retail Start-ups

11 Oct 2017

The minimum paid-up capital required for an overseas company to establish a retail business in the Philippines is to be lowered from US$2.5 million to US$200,000 under a proposed amendment to the coun...Read More


Key Role for Hong Kong Service Sector in Huge Philippines BRI Project

4 Oct 2017

Hong Kong architecture firm provides ambitious blueprint for China-backed New Manila Bay – City of Pearl initiative....Read More


PHILIPPINES: New Single Window Customs Service to Integrate with Intra-ASEAN Clearance System

27 Sept 2017

The Philippines’ newly introduced one-stop online trade portal, TradeNet, is now set to also serve as the country’s National Single Window (NSW) system for greater trade facilitation purposes....Read More


The Philippines: Accessing the Consumer Market podcast

22 Sept 2017

Driven by robust economic growth, the Philippines is a fast expanding consumer market with many opportunities for Hong Kong businesses able to take advantage of the country’s young demographic, with t...Read More


PHILIPPINES: Import Permit Processing Time Set to Be Slashed by Online Approval System

13 Sept 2017

The processing time for import/export permits in the Philippines is set to be cut from several months to just a few days when TradeNet, the country’s new one-stop online trade portal, goes live in Dec...Read More


Asia Tipped to be World's Largest Amusement Park Market by 2020

8 Sept 2017

With Asia-Pacific set to be the most important theme-park market in terms of both value and visitor numbers, speakers at the recent Asian Attractions Expo predicted growing competition between domesti...Read More


The Philippines: Market Profile

8 Sept 2017

The Philippine economy is expected to maintain strong growth of 6.8% in 2017 on the back of a robust service sector. The country is projected to be the fastest-expanding major ASEAN economy over the n...Read More


Manila Food Show: Sourcing Companies Upbeat, but Suppliers Wary

5 Sept 2017

At the packed IFEX Philippines expo, many overseas companies were optimistic as to the potential of the country's food exports, while would-be suppliers to the local market remained notably cautious w...Read More


PHILIPPINES: Pangasinan Investors Wooed with Tax Breaks and Streamlined Processing

31 July 2017

Investors in the northern province of Pangasinan (Luzon Island) are to be eligible for exemptions from corporate income tax (CIT) for at least five years under the terms of the provincial government’s...Read More


The Philippines: Consumer Market Opportunities

19 July 2017

As the second-most populous ASEAN country with over 100 million people, the Philippines is a consumer market in Southeast Asia holding good sales potential for Hong Kong companies. Strong economic gro...Read More


The Philippines: Special Economic Zones

23 June 2017

Since the mid-1990s the Philippines has been developing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to promote investment. Over the years, SEZs have become a magnet for FDI, especially in the manufacturing sector. ...Read More


Philippines' SEZs Set Out to Woo Chinese and Middle East Investors

5 June 2017

Rapid expansion of SEZ sector sees Philippines launch charm offensive to counter shortfall in overseas investment....Read More


The Philippines: The Prospect for Manufacturing Relocation podcast

5 June 2017

The Philippines as a manufacturing base enjoys a distinct edge compared with other relocation hotspots in Southeast Asia: its English-speaking workers, who are both skilled and trainable. This present...Read More


Aviation Embarks on Second Golden Age with Asia Taking the Helm

2 June 2017

After many years in the doldrums, the global aviation industry has apparently bounced back into profitability, at least according to delegates to this year's Aviation Festival Asia, but can this long-...Read More


PHILIPPINES: Tax Incentives Mooted for Green Manufacturing Sector

16 May 2017

Energy-efficient investment projects in the manufacturing sector are to qualify for as yet unspecified tax incentives. The move, announced by the Philippines Board of Investment, will see clean energy...Read More

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