Sick man of Asia nearing full recovery – Senator Win on PHL economy

“Over the past few decades, the Philippines came to be known as the ‘sick man of Asia’ due to its disappointing economic performance in comparison to its Asian neighbors. Fortunately, international recognition of the country’s vibrant economic outlook through rankings such as these indicates that the sick man of Asia is nearing full recovery,” Senator Win Gatchalian said on Tuesday.

This is after US News & World Report – in cooperation with Y&R’s BAV Group and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania – in its Best Countries 2018, Philippines was hailed as the “best country to invest in”.

Under the Best Country to Invest In category, the Philippines earned the top score among 80 countries. Philippines was ranked 49th over-all.

According to the U.S. News website, the ranking was generated from the input of more than 6,000 “business decision makers,” who scored their perceptions of each country regarding eight attributes: “corrupt, dynamic, economically stable, entrepreneurial, favorable tax environment, innovative, skilled labor force and technological expertise.”

Gatchalian, who serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, expressed optimism that the economic policies of the Duterte administration would “keep our economy moving in the right direction” – especially the government’s PHP 9-trillion “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program, which the senator highlighted as a “crucial driving force” in strengthening the country’s investment climate.

The senator also mentioned that the committee has already begun deliberations on measures to further boost foreign direct investment in the country. One such bill is Senate Bill No. 1639, principally authored by Gatchalian, which seeks to removal barriers to entry for foreign firms hoping to invest in the domestic retail trade sector.

“We have to make the most out of this opportunity to really kick foreign direct investment into overdrive by implementing the proper legal reforms,” he said.