Cost of doing business, navigating international rules hindering wider Philippine utilization of trade deals

EXPORTERS lack the knowledge to tap trade agreements and face a higher cost of doing business in the Philippines, rendering their products uncompetitive relative to other countries’ exports, a business group said.

BSP’s policy easing expected to support economy in 2024

THE WIDELY expected monetary policy easing from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) next year will likely spur economic activity especially if inflation is kept in check.

Why market players are optimistic about equities in 2024

THE PHILIPPINE stock market is expected to improve in 2024 amid more opportunities for capital raising and growth, according to industry players and analysts. 

MSMEs prioritize digital adoption to tackle economic challenges — experts

PHILIPPINE MICRO, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) demonstrate resilience in addressing economic uncertainties through swift digital adoption, leveraging platforms such as e-commerce and social media, according to industry experts.

Swift passage of CREATE MORE bill seen to help PHL attract more investments

AS THE PHILIPPINES steps into 2024, a swift enactment of amendments to the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act is highly anticipated by business groups to attract a surge in foreign investments.

Welcoming audiences back to movie theaters

CINEMAS and other places of entertainment are hopeful as they aim for resilience amid economic risks. Since reopening in 2021 after the pandemic-induced lockdowns, movie theaters are attracting more audience members through upgraded facilities and an increased variety of film choices.

Freed from COVID restrictions, malls have recovered

THE YEAR 2023 was the first year since the lockdowns of 2020 when businesses in the Philippines were free from pandemic-related restrictions. These included limited operating hours, limited occupancy, and, for some businesses deemed nonessential in the very early days of the pandemic, closure.

Philippines moving boldly into infrastructural power play

IT HAD been, for a time, a mission aborted for a coalition of civic groups that sought to deliver food and other supplies to Filipino fishermen and other civilians in Philippine-occupied features in the South China Sea. 

Foreword: Time to grow up

“We should grow up. First of all, it’s time to realize and accept the fact that heightened uncertainty and instability are here to stay.”

Pandemic, geopolitical risks force agro-food companies to innovate

THE coronavirus pandemic exposed the world to unprecedented risks, affecting the agricultural sector and food security and prompting governments to impose protectionist policies.

More support needed for infrastructure’s post-pandemic recovery

THE government will need to create a more enabling environment for investments to support the infrastructure sector’s post-pandemic recovery, analysts said.

Transit-oriented township developments

WHEN I started in real estate about 28 years ago, the battle cry then was “Location, location, location.”