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Philippine Ambassador briefs APEC Secretariat on the state of the Philippine economy

10 April 2010—Philippine Ambassador to Singapore, H. E. Antonio A. Morales spoke before some forty (40) officials of the APEC Secretariat, including Program Directors of the APEC Economies on 08 April 2015 at the 4th Floor Conference Room of the APEC Secretariat.  Amb. Morales briefed the officials on basic facts about the Philippines and an overview of the Philippine economy.

In his presentation, Amb. Morales noted the unprecedented growth trajectory of the Philippine economy beginning in 2010 until 2014.  He emphasized that last year, the Philippine economy grew by 6.1 percent, second to China.  He attributed this sharp growth pattern to various factors, such as the Philippines’ very large but young population, the various anti-corruption measures that have been instituted by the current administration, as well as the structural changes taking place in the economy as a result of good economic fundamentals.

He emphasized that “according to UN population projections, the Philippines will hit, in 2015, a “demographic sweet spot” that will approximately last for the next 35 years.  Countries in such conditions post an average yearly growth of 7.3 percent.”

As a result of the favourable economic conditions, the Philippines “can no longer be labelled the sick man of Asia,” but is currently enjoying an unprecedented level of confidence from the international economy, said Amb. Morales.  “For the first time in the country’s history, the Philippines is ranked investment grade by the major credit rating outfits— Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s and Fitch. In the latest World Bank-IFC Ease of Doing Business Report, the Philippines jumped to 95 out of 189 countries worldwide, an improvement of 13 places from a rank of No. 108 last year,” he added.

However, Amb. Morales also noted that the Philippine government “is aware that while the economy is growing, there are still a lot of areas that need improvement.”  “We still need to address poverty and try to make the economy more inclusive and sustainable in the long term,” he added.

Towards the end of the presentation, a video clip on Boracay Island was shown.  Incidentally, Boracay will be the host city for the next APEC Senior Official’s Meeting 2(SOM2) and several other meetings in May.  The audience were also treated to a traditional Filipino merienda of suman (or rice cake) and cassava cake. END.

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H.E. Antonio A. Morales delivered a presentation entitled “An Overview of the Philippine Economy” on 08 April 2015 at the APEC Secretariat in Singapore. The presentation was held for the purpose of orienting the APEC Secretariat and the program directors of the other APEC economies on the Philippines–the 2015 APEC Host Economy.
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Amb. Antonio A. Morales is delivering his presentation. To his left is First Secretary and Consul Edna May G. Lazaro, head of the Embassy’s Economic Section. To his right is Dr. Allan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat and Minister Grace Cruz-Fabella, APEC 2015 Host Economy Representative
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Amb. Antonio A. Morales with Dr. Allan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat.
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From left to right: First Secretary and Consul Mersole Mellejor , Dr. Allan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat, Minister Grace Cruz-Fabella, First Secretary and Consul Edna May G. Lazaro and Amb. Antonio A. Morales

 

 

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Amb. Morales, First Secretary and Consul Mersole Mellejor and First Secretary and Consul Edna May G. Lazaro and Minister Grace Cruz-Fabella proudly pose with the Filipino officers and personnel working at the APEC Secretariat in Singapore.