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New trade chief Cristobal: DTI will work 'beyond administrations'

Jan 04, 2016 - 10:25 PM

For newly appointed Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr too little time is not a reason for the agency to just coast along

TOO LITTLE TIME. New DTI Secretary Cristobal tells colleagues: 'Some may think there is too little time to try anything new, new ideas and approaches. That is not the DTI way.' Photo by DTI

Key lessons from APEC 2015

Nov 25, 2015 - 1:42 PM

It s learning about inclusive growth and ensuring it benefits the majority

LESSONS LEARNED. A delegate to the APEC SME Summit on November 17, 2015 shares his lessons learned from the event, and what Filipinos should look forward to post-APEC. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Is Trans-Pacific Partnership friendly to small businesses?

Nov 19, 2015 - 6:43 AM

New Zealand and Hong Kong s leaders also weigh in on a trade deal for the region while China pushes for the FTAAP

INFOGRAPHIC: A preview of the 21 APEC member economies

Nov 18, 2015 - 5:49 PM

This year s APEC Economic Leaders Meeting also includes Colombia as an observer

Filipina startup founder shares stage with Obama, Jack Ma

Nov 18, 2015 - 12:28 PM

Aisa Mijeno seizes the moment and tells US President Obama and Alibaba s Jack Ma that her company needs support

PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE. Aisa Mijeno, founder of Sustainable Alternative Lighting tells US President Barack Obama and Alibaba founder Jack Ma what innovators like her need to make positive changes in the world.

APEC SME Summit 2015: Lessons from Xurpas, Rappler

Nov 17, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Even with limited resources online startups can be successful with the right people and a creative approach to solving problems

TECH LESSONS. Xurpas CEO Nix Nolledo and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa answer questions from TV broadcaster Karen Davila. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Asia-Pacific to grow at slowest rate in 2015

Nov 17, 2015 - 1:00 PM

The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council urges APEC leaders to focus their discussions on ways to ensure that more people are part of the region s growth

REGIONAL GROWTH. Pacific Economic Cooperation Council officials (from left): Amb. Don Campbell, Eduardo Pedrosa, and Amb. Tang Guoquiang share the rather bleak results for regional growth, as showed in the State of the Region report released Monday, November 16, 2015.

2016 elections not a 'major' concern among PH CEOs

Nov 16, 2015 - 11:02 PM

While confidence among APEC CEOs in general is at its lowest in 3 years a survey highlights how Filipino CEOs and business leaderss are more optimistic about the growth prospects in the year ahead

SURVEY. PwC officials Mike Davies Alexander Cabrera share the Philippine results of the PwC APEC CEO Survey 2015. Photo from APEC 2015

What do businessmen expect from APEC 2015?

Nov 14, 2015 - 11:11 AM

Business leaders weigh in on what they expect from the APEC leaders summit in Manila next week

WISH LIST. From strengthening MSMEs to preparing for disasters, business leaders like (from left) Tony Tan Caktion, John Forbes, Joey Concepcion, and Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala voice out issues they hope to be tackled by the APEC leaders.

APEC 2015: How to make economic growth inclusive

Nov 13, 2015 - 6:30 PM

Growing economies in a manner that is quick and equitable is this year s tall order the APEC Business Advisory Council 2015 says

SPREADING PROSPERITY. These world leaders cite their own initiatives to link small players to the supply chain. From left: CEMEX Philippines' Arturo Rodriguez Jalili; PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk Franciscus Welirang; Ayala Corporation's Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala; Banco de la Microempresa's Cesar Vela Bazan; United Nations Development Program's Marcos Athias Neto. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

APEC 2015: Where PH stands in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Nov 13, 2015 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED Interest in the TPP has surged on the eve of the APEC summit but it will take awhile to come into force say experts

JOINING THE CLUB. The 12 member TPP currently encompasses the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

APEC 2015: PH launches initiative to transform MSME financing

Nov 12, 2015 - 10:18 PM

We are putting our money where our mouth is in putting more fuel to Asia Pacific s growth engine ’ says Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima

DELIVERED. APEC finance ministers unveil a marker to commemorate the launch of Cebu Action Plan in September of which the FIDN initiative was one of the deliverables. File photo from the Department of Finance

APEC 2015: A sense of déjà vu

Nov 12, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The current and former NEDA chiefs compare the Philippine economy on the eve of the country s hosting of the APEC summit in 1996 and in 2015 Then and now the global community saw the country as poised to reach great economic heights

APEC 2015: 20,000 PH firms engaged in development work

Nov 12, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Top government officials and business leaders come together to discuss inclusive business models to kick off APEC 2015’s crowning week

Making region MSME-friendly could be APEC 2015's success

Nov 08, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Before pushing for a MSME friendly region some economists say the Philippines should first resolve its own policy gaps and conflicts that disempower microentrepreneurs

MSME-FRIENDLY REGION. In 1996, liberalizing the telecommunications services sector was considered APEC's major success. This year, it could be putting micro entrepreneurs at the centerstage

DTI chief makes final push for MSMEs initiatives

Sep 17, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Gregory Domingo also confirms he will stay as DTI chief at least until after the country s hosting of the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November

FINAL PUSH. DTI chief Gregory Domingo says he will continue pushing initiatives for micro, small and medium enterprises, which represent 98% of all registered businesses.

Public-private partnerships save gov't P300B – DPWH

Sep 16, 2015 - 9:30 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways also earmarks P21 13B for right of way delivery for all PPP projects

BIG HELP. DPWH says private sector is a big help in implementing and financing huge infrastructure projects. In the photo are San Miguel Corporation engineers monitoring the construction of NAIA Expressway. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Trade Secretary Domingo resigns – Palace

Sep 12, 2015 - 5:02 PM

3RD UPDATE Domingo s resignation is still under consideration says Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr

Asia-Pacific finance ministers vow to shun competitive devaluation

Sep 12, 2015 - 9:57 AM

We will refrain from competitive devaluation and resist all forms of protectionism say APEC finance ministers in a statement

UNVEILED. APEC finance ministers unveil a marker to commemorate the Cebu Action Plan. The work of Toym Imao, the marker is a 4-meter tall sculpture of pounded brass on 4 black granite pedestals representing the plan's pillars. Photo from the Department of Finance

Cebu Action Plan launched

Sep 11, 2015 - 7:46 PM

The plan which has 4 pillars from financial integration to infrastructure development and financing is eyed as the lasting legacy of the Philippines’ APEC hosting

UNVEILED. APEC finance ministers unveil a marker to commemorate the Cebu Action Plan. The work of Toym Imao, the marker is a 4-meter tall sculpture of pounded brass on 4 black granite pedestals representing the plan's pillars. Photo from the Department of Finance

6 APEC economies sign up for Asia Regional Funds Passport

Sep 11, 2015 - 5:03 PM

The Asia Regional Funds Passport is seen to generate savings of 20 billion annually in fund management costs and create 170 000 jobs in APEC economies within 5 years

SIGNED. Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines sign the Statement of Understanding on the Asian Regional Funds Passport which, once implemented, will pave the way for a multilateral arrangement that will facilitate the cross-border marketing of managed funds among participating economies. Photo from the Department of Finance

Aquino to APEC finance ministers: Real growth is inclusive growth

Sep 10, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The President banners again the economic achievements of his administration to finance ministers attending APEC meetings in Cebu

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings at the Rosal Ballroom of the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on Thursday (September 10, 2015). Photo by Rey Baniquet. / Malacañang Photo Bureau

APEC ministers unveil new plan for sustainable, inclusive growth

Sep 09, 2015 - 5:37 PM

We agreed that we need a much stronger focus on promoting economic growth through structural reform says NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan

APEC members create coalition to join ‘services revolution’

Sep 08, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The services sector will employ the most number of people a UN International Trade Center official says

 PIONEERS. The 3 who spearheaded the cause of the services sector at the APEC SRMM meeting (from left): Jane Drake-Brockman, Anthony Nightingale, and Peter Perfecto. All photos by Chris Schnabel / Rappler

Cebu Action Plan to boost PPP share of infra projects

Sep 04, 2015 - 11:37 AM

The private sector is expected to contribute about 40 of the Philippines infrastructure financing gap until 2020

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT. Population growth and growing urbanization has also been a phenomenon observed in the Asia-Pacific region, thus requiring a greater requirement for infrastructure. File photo by Francis Malasig / EPA

PH eyes active participation in Asia Region Funds Passport by 2016

Jul 24, 2015 - 8:28 PM

If all goes well the country could market investments from across participating Asian economies and allow local investment product providers to sell to the regional mart by mid 2016

Iloilo pitches massive infrastructure plan for the city

Jul 24, 2015 - 11:10 AM

A seamless railway an intelligent transport system and a government center may soon be built in Iloilo City through public private partnerships

PH, Japan sign action plan on industrial partnership

Jul 17, 2015 - 3:23 PM

The action plan will help elevate the Philippines into the ASEAN manufacturing and human resources development hub

PH startup community working to create a winning team

Jul 07, 2015 - 1:44 PM

With government help and the ripe Asia Pacific market local startups have a chance to attract global attention

All eyes on PH startups in mega event for APEC

Jun 19, 2015 - 9:15 AM

The SlingshotMNL 2 day conference will be the official startup event for APEC which the country is hosting this year

FORWARD THINKING. DTI officials and members of the startup community debate tech startups' current and future role in the economy ahead of the big event. Photo by Chris Schnabel / Rappler

World Bank still optimistic despite PH's poor Q1 GDP growth

Jun 12, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Beyond forecasts the more important thing is the emerging growth story of the Philippines a World Bank economist says

Soft drink tax a ‘good health measure’ – IMF official

Jun 11, 2015 - 1:37 PM

An International Monetary Fund official likens the proposed measure to the sin tax law as it also has health benefits

Aquino showcases new CARS program to Japanese businessmen

Jun 04, 2015 - 7:05 PM

President Benigno Aquino III shares his administration’s accomplishments in the areas of banking and manufacturing and the Philippines APEC hosting this year that will show how much more the country can offer

COME TO PH. President Benigno S. Aquino III addresses Japanese association beads at the Suiho Banquet Hall Room of the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, Japan, on June 4, 2015. Photo by Robert Vinas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH GDP growth slows to 3-year low: 5.2% in Q1 2015

May 28, 2015 - 10:09 AM

4th UPDATE The Philippines first quarter gross domestic product growth is below government and market expectations

Initial fleet of BMWs turned over to PH for APEC 2015

May 06, 2015 - 3:32 PM

BMW will provide more than 200 units of the BMW 7 Series Long Wheelbase Sedan and BMW 5 Series Sedan and Gran Turismo to transport APEC leaders and other dignitaries in the country

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. delivers his message during the symbolic BMW-APEC Turnover Ceremony at the Kalayaan Hall Grounds of the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (May 06, 2015). The APEC 2015 National Organizing Committee (APEC-NOC) accepts a sponsored fleet of BMW vehicles from the Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC). This year, the Philippines will host the APEC 2015 Summit.Also in photo Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, ACC president Marcar Parco,and BMW Sr. regional Manager ,Asia Pacific Thierry Weidenbach Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

APEC pushes microinsurance for disaster mitigation

Apr 29, 2015 - 7:23 PM

With global damage due to calamities reaching 300 billion leaders are now encouraged to invest in microinsurance to strengthen disaster resilience in communities an ADB specialist says

Bacolod '90% ready' for APEC conference

Apr 25, 2015 - 8:45 PM

At least 2 300 policemen will be deployed to secure the delegates attending the two day event

APEC-wide e-vehicles road map draft ready by Sept

Apr 24, 2015 - 5:07 PM

UPDATED The road map pushes for the promotion and facilitation of e vehicles in the Asia Pacific

Delayed PH electric vehicles road map eyes Q3 2015 launch

Apr 24, 2015 - 8:44 AM

Hurdling delays the road map is pushing through with or without incentives

APEC dialogue focuses on vehicles, SME integration

Apr 22, 2015 - 2:30 PM

As this year’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation host Manila also puts the spotlight on the electric vehicles road map eyed to be completed within 2015

Ports authority books profit despite congestion

Mar 23, 2015 - 6:13 PM

The Philippine Ports Authority even overshoots its P3 67 billion target by 16 or P582 million

Manila to host 15th Forbes Global CEO Conference in October

Mar 18, 2015 - 2:27 PM

It will be the first time for the country to host the annual gathering of the ‘world’s most economically powerful business people’

APEC member countries to strengthen ‘Cebu Action Plan’

Mar 05, 2015 - 8:53 PM

A roadmap proposed by the Philippines the Cebu Action Plan aims to make the Asia Pacific region more inclusive and resilient in the years ahead

Fate of 1st PH subway proposal known late March

Mar 04, 2015 - 5:52 PM

If approved by the NEDA Board the project will be up for bids by the second quarter of 2015 the PPP Center chief says

French, Filipino firms tapped to complete NAIA expressway

Mar 04, 2015 - 5:03 PM

San Miguel Corporation decides to tap partners to finish the P15 4 B expressway in time for the APEC meetings in Manila in November