Thursday, November 19, 2009

Economic Meeting at BSP

The Philippine Economic Society showcased their 47th Annual Meeting at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas last November 12, 2009. This is to discuss a wide range of economic issues that we are facing today.

This year’s theme Survival and Growth: The Philippines 2010 and Beyond, covered the current turmoil and numerous issues in the international community. Moreover, it also brought up some questions that need to be addressed including the liability of market mechanism.

Keynote Speech was delivered by Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting, President of Planters Development Bank and 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year. The Plenary session, on the other hand, was headed by Mr. Peter Lee U from the University of the Asia and the Pacific, which tackles the Global Economic Crisis and Strategies for Survival.

Other topics covered include: Macroeconomic Management 1 and 2 chaired by Edsel Beja Jr. from the Ateneo de Manila University and Alvin Ang of the University of Santo Tomas; Productivity Growth of Philippine Agriculture chaired by Arsenio Balisacan from the University of the Philippines; Poverty and Income headed by Josef Yap of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies; Agriculture and Natural Resources chaired by Melly Paraiso from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Notion of Development: Creating People-Friendly Places and Spaces by Ramon Fernan III of Action for Economic Reform; Econometric Modelling discussed by Dennis Mapa from the University of the Philippines; Economics Education chaired by Jode Camacho Jr. of UP-Los Baños; Institution and Governance by Gerardo Largosa from De La Salle University; and Labor and Employment by Aniseto Orbeta of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

Mr. Joel Mangahas of the Asian Development Bank spearheaded the ADB Plenary Session which focused on Philippine Development Outlook.

The event was co-presented and sponsored by Friedrich Naumann, Fur Die Freiheit, SeaMeo Searca, The Asia Foundation, PAG-IBIG, HP Invest, Peace and Equity Foundation, Business Mirror, Business World, NU 107, Click the City, Sun Life Financial, UNDP, and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.


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