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PHL moves to assure EU on GSP+ fitness

THE GOVERNMENT has scrambled to assure the European Union (EU) -- which has criticized the human rights record of President Rodrigo R. Duterte --...

Philippine current account swings to a surplus in Q2

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, Reporter THE PHILIPPINE’s current account swung to a surplus in the second quarter, lifted by dollar inflows mainly from business...

Trade gap narrows on export growth, import drop

By Jochebed B. Gonzales Researcher FASTER merchandise export growth in July, coupled with a bigger decline in imports, narrowed the country’s trade balance to its smallest...

Philippines could be at risk of US sanctions for North Korea...

THE PHILIPPINES runs the risk of courting US trade sanctions for “doing business” with North Korea and the government is concerned enough to study...

RCEP partners considering options to move forward on deal

THE 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the six countries with which the economic bloc has free trade...

‘Strong incentive’ for RCEP deal seen — DTI

THE COUNTRIES negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have no choice but to resolve contentious issues relating to the creation of the economic...

Polloc freeport investment seen boosting ‘halal hub’

PORT OPERATOR Bangsamoro Terminal Services, Inc. (BTSI) is investing P129 million in the Polloc Freeport and Economic Zone in Maguindanao, which is being positioned...

Domestic trade grows in 2016

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported an increase in the country’s domestic trade in terms of value and quantity in 2016 on the back...

Diversification: The export sector's Holy Grail?

Diversification has been the Holy Grail of the export sector, as dependence on electronics (at two-thirds of the total) has rendered the Philippines' export...

How the Philippines can compete in the ASEAN community

By Francis Anthony T. Valentin, Special Features Writer The long anticipated ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) finally came into force on Dec. 31, 2015. Its establishment...

Trade int(ERAP)ted?

When President Joseph E. Estrada stepped down amid a popular uprising about 15 years ago, one of the failings laid on his doorstep was...