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BoI approves incentives for renewable energy projects

THE Board of Investments on Friday approved tax incentives for nine renewable energy projects worth P26.7 billion under the Investments Priorities Plan 2017. In a...

Trump’s trade barbs push Asian nations closer to China’s orbit

NEW DELHI/SEOUL -- For years, smaller nations in Asia have looked to the US to provide a counterweight to an increasingly powerful China. Under President...

China, PHL make strong pitch for reaffirmed ties

By Minde Nyl R. dela Cruz THE PHILIPPINES and China held bilateral talks on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and signed 14 agreements during what President Rodrigo...

Security, integration top ASEAN dialogue concerns

THE FOLLOWING are the outcomes of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) dialogues with its global partners at the 31st ASEAN Summit: HONG KONG:...

ASEAN claims ‘significant progress’ on RCEP

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has achieved many of the items on its economic agenda and made major progress in bringing forward...

ASEAN: Delusions of integration

By Eduardo C. Tadem As the ASEAN marks its 50th year, it is time to examine its record in terms of its goals and objectives...

Burned Southeast Asia craves Trump love after trade rebuff

Donald Trump is more popular in Southeast Asia than almost anywhere else. After years of being chided by Barack Obama over human rights, some of...

Do you know your TPPs from your RCEPs, NAFTAs and OBORs?

Danang, Vietnam -- In the world of trade diplomacy, the acronym is king. As world leaders descend on the Vietnamese city of Danang for the...

Eyes on Philippines as it winds down stint at region’s helm

By Maria Eloisa I. Calderon Editor-at-Large THE PHILIPPINES’ stint as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year is winding down: the bloc’s...

ASEAN, HK sign free trade, investment deals

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and Hong Kong on Sunday signed a free trade agreement (FTA), enhancing the Special Administrative Region’s position...

Without the US, the TPP is back but for how long?

On sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam, the remaining 11 contracting parties of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal or TPP are expected to...

Talks for TPP agreement reach critical point as APEC meets

DANANG, VIETNAM -- Talks on pushing ahead the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal without the United States reached a critical point on Thursday as...

Lapeña: ‘Massive gap’ in Philippine-China trade data caused by smugglers

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter THE Bureau of Customs zeroed in on gross misdeclaration of goods imported from China as the reason behind a...

TPP talks sans US near homestretch

URAYASU, JAPAN -- The 11 remaining nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the United States edged towards sealing a comprehensive free trade pact...

Banana exporters ask gov’t to improve access to key markets

By Maya M. Padillo and Carmencita A. Carillo Correspondents DAVAO CITY -- Banana exporters said the government must help improve access to key markets in the...

Faves at FAME

TASSELS, FEATHERS, pompoms, and colors dominated Manila FAME’s fashion halls at the World Trade Center last week. Following global trends in clothes and fashion...

Balance of payments returns to surplus in September

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, Reporter THE PHILIPPINES’ external payments position went back to a surplus in September after recording a deficit in four straight...

DTI eyes upward export growth

THE Department of Trade and Industry is eyeing a steady growth in exports within the next five years on the back of the economy’s...

Trade chief affirms PHL-EU ties following Duterte outburst

By Rosemarie A. Zamora FOLLOWING the tirades by President Rodrigo R. Duterte made against the European Union (EU) on Thursday Oct. 12, Trade Secretary Ramon...

DBS estimates August imports declined 4.9% amid weak peso

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter IMPORTS likely contracted for the third straight month, with the decline expected to be sustained for the rest of...

PHL moves to assure EU on GSP+ fitness

THE GOVERNMENT has scrambled to assure the European Union (EU) -- which has criticized the human rights record of President Rodrigo R. Duterte --...

Philippine current account swings to a surplus in Q2

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, Reporter THE PHILIPPINE’s current account swung to a surplus in the second quarter, lifted by dollar inflows mainly from business...

Trade gap narrows on export growth, import drop

By Jochebed B. Gonzales Researcher FASTER merchandise export growth in July, coupled with a bigger decline in imports, narrowed the country’s trade balance to its smallest...

Philippines could be at risk of US sanctions for North Korea...

THE PHILIPPINES runs the risk of courting US trade sanctions for “doing business” with North Korea and the government is concerned enough to study...

RCEP partners considering options to move forward on deal

THE 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the six countries with which the economic bloc has free trade...

‘Strong incentive’ for RCEP deal seen — DTI

THE COUNTRIES negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have no choice but to resolve contentious issues relating to the creation of the economic...

Polloc freeport investment seen boosting ‘halal hub’

PORT OPERATOR Bangsamoro Terminal Services, Inc. (BTSI) is investing P129 million in the Polloc Freeport and Economic Zone in Maguindanao, which is being positioned...

Domestic trade grows in 2016

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported an increase in the country’s domestic trade in terms of value and quantity in 2016 on the back...

Diversification: The export sector's Holy Grail?

Diversification has been the Holy Grail of the export sector, as dependence on electronics (at two-thirds of the total) has rendered the Philippines' export...

Data: Mixed export, factory fortunes in January

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Trade int(ERAP)ted?

When President Joseph E. Estrada stepped down amid a popular uprising about 15 years ago, one of the failings laid on his doorstep was...