February 19, 2018, 7:56 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07035 UAE Dirham
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01543 Euro
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01366 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01366 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08656 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89866 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.37548 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14054 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.9364 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14982 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45019 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11447 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.21437 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.80326 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 259.67432 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06787 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23063 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.68199 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 709.84673 Iran Rial
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.39444 Jamaican Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.03307 Japanese Yen
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1 Philippine Peso = 20.41552 Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.55669 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.02682 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51715 Ukraine Hryvnia
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54521 Uruguayan New Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 434.75095 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01916 Vanuatu Vatu
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1 Philippine Peso = 10.11303 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05172 East Caribbean Dollar
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StanChart hosts first PH investment roadshow

Global banking giant Standard Chartered Bank hosted the Duterte administration’s first international roadshow held Tuesday at Mandarin Oriental in Singapore.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, together with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla, Jr., presented to more than a hundred foreign direct and portfolio investors during the Philippine Economic Briefing, which carried the theme “The Rising Philippine Economy: Powering Gains with Global Partners Through Shared Goals.” 

Standard Chartered underscored the importance of multi-stakeholder partnership to deliver this ambition. 

“Bank-investor-government as a three-way partnership is an even more robust and sustainable partnership. Financial institutions have always played a key role in supporting the country’s infrastructure development, and on a broader scale, the overall growth of the Philippine economy. A well-defined and fair model is one that provides an appropriate risk allocation and addresses the minimum expectations of investors. Infrastructure projects that meet these prerequisites will generate both economic returns and social benefits,” said Standard Chartered Bank Regional CEO for ASEAN and South Asia Anna Marrs.

“We have supported the country’s economic endeavors over the years, participating in the country’s infrastructure projects, liability management, and financing exercises as one of the book-runners in the Republic’s sovereign bond issuances and one of the country’s Sovereign Ratings advisors,” added Lynette Ortiz, CEO and Head of Global Banking Philippines.

The Philippines is regarded as the next economic powerhouse of Asia, with GDP growth expected to hit the 7-8 percent target from 2018-2022, even as inflation is kept at bay.

Sustained and robust growth is targeted to push the country towards upper middle income status by 2022 with a per-capita GNI of at least $5,000, up from $3,550 in 2015. 

Expected growth drivers over the medium term include the government’s bold infrastructure program, higher public spending on social services, and strong household consumption on the demand side, as well as rising activities in manufacturing, business process outsourcing, real estate, construction, wholesale and retail trade, and tourism on the supply side. All of these are anchored on the solid foundation of prudent economic policies and strong macroeconomic fundamentals.

The government officials said that there are a host of investment opportunities in the country that investors may find worthy of exploring. These include infrastructure financing, tourism, banking, wealth management, manufacturing, agriculture and bond market, among others.

“With the Philippines primed to play a key role in the vibrant growth of the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community), the Duterte administration is looking at increased private sector participation in the financing of its projects meant to close the infrastructure backlog, attract investments, create jobs, and achieve financial inclusion,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said. 

Dominguez said that “while the government is accessing grants and ODA (official development assistance) loans in the early part of its infrastructure build-up plan, it is looking at the greater involvement of private investors once the big-ticket projects are in place.”

“We have also endorsed for Congressional approval a Comprehensive Tax Reform Program that is designed to help provide a steady revenue flow not only for this ambitious infrastructure program, but also for the Duterte administration’s programs on human capital development and social protection that are geared to accelerate poverty reduction in the medium term,” he said. Meantime, Secretary Pernia harped on sound and growth-enabling policies of the one-year old Duterte administration.

“We are enhancing the ease of doing business by streamlining processes in line agencies. We are strengthening integrity of our public institutions, such as through freedom of information beginning with the Executive branch, to the example, and other anti-corruption initiatives. Government is now much faster in approving big-ticket infrastructure projects, having rationalized certain procedures. All of these result in an environment that is more welcoming to business,” Pernia said. 

Secretary Diokno, on the other hand, highlighted the Philippines’ massive infrastructure program, dubbed “Build. Build. Build,” for which the government intends to spend between US$160 to US$170 billion over the next five years.  Infrastructure projects are aimed at decongesting urban areas and spreading growth opportunities in the countryside, to entice more investments.

“Our infrastructure program is the boldest the Philippines has ever had. With the amount of money we will infuse on expressways, airports, seaports, mass transit systems, among others, the Philippines will enter its Golden Age of Infrastructure. Ambitious as it may sound, the government is keen on realizing this infrastructure agenda,” Diokno said. 

BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla, Jr. said the BSP is keen on contributing to an environment that enables more job-generating investments on a sustainable basis by ensuring price stability as well as financial stability.  He said further that the BSP, recognized as a pillar of strength for the Philippine economy, under his watch will observe the policy of “continuity plus plus.” “This simply means we will build on our strong and stable foundations by instituting additional game-changing financial sector reforms that will complement the economy’s robust and inclusive growth agenda,” Espenilla added.

“Following the full liberalization of the Philippine banking system in 2014, we intend to raise the bar further by having even more competition, which will bring in better innovation, especially digital innovation, and prompt industry players to improve delivery of financial services to consumers. At the same time, we want to champion capital market development. We will do these through an enabling regulatory environment. Given this backdrop, investors in financial services are certainly welcome,” Espenilla said. 

Business leaders from the Philippines, particularly the heads of Ayala Corporation and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, added substance to the discussions during the event by participating as panelists during the open forum. The Singapore roadshow is first of a series of economic briefings in Asia that the government plans to hold in the coming months to attract investors to the Philippines.
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