Monday, July 20, 2009

AIM Presents Annual State of Philippine Competitiveness Conference

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center presented the annual State of Philippine Competitiveness (SPC) National Conference last July 13 at the SMX Convention Center.

With this year’s theme of “Infrastructure Gaps and National Competitiveness,” the SPC Conference presented an in-depth analysis of the overall Philippine ranking and focused on critical elements of infrastructure as an area of urgent action.

In 2009, the Philippines slipped down three notches in the record of the World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY), ranking 43rd out of 57 countries. The roles of the WCY include measuring and ranking the ability of economies to create and maintain an environment conducive to sustaining market competitiveness. The Philippines did not fare much better on other categories, including economic performance and government efficiency, although the country posted a better performance in sub-factors including fiscal prices, societal framework, and labor market.

The SPC discussed the abovementioned factors and related these in shaping and developing approaches to improve and sustain the country’s competitiveness and

Speakers for the program included Federation of Philippine Industries Chairman Meneleo J. Carlos, Jr., AIM Interim President Felipe B. Alfonso, AIM Policy Center Executive Director Ma. Lourdes A. Sereno, and Ateneo de Manila University’s Dr. Joseph Lim. Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Elmer Hernandez gave the government’s response to the presented scenario on behalf of Sec. Peter B. Favila.

Distinguished participants include Director General Lilia de Lima of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Mr. Alberto Lim of the Makati Business Club, Ambassador Alistair Macdonald of the European Commission, and Ambassador Peter Sutter of the Embassy of Switzerland. Representatives from the private sector, government, diplomatic corps, civil society, academe, development organizations, and media also graced the event.

The event was organized by the AIM, together with major sponsors SMX Convention Center, SM Investments Corporation, and Holcim Cement.

Other sponsors are Jollibee, EEI Corporation, and Toyota, as well as media partners Business Mirror and Philippine Star Online.

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