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Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday delivered a keynote at the Prosperity for All Summit 2017.

Southeast Asian nations are set to join the fight against rising trade protectionism when the regional bloc comes out with an official communique at the conclusion of the ASEAN Leaders’ Summit in Manila today.

New guidelines on trade of goods are being considered to be put in place within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as member economies are called to significantly slash existing non-tariff measures and barriers to achieve the region’s economic potential.

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This is indeed a very long weekend as the country gives way to the all-important ASEAN Summit. We take this opportunity to welcome all the leaders of our neighboring countries and fervently wish that crucial issues affecting the region will be threshed out productively.

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Clark International Airport Corp. is embarking on an expansion program that will double its passenger-holding capacity from 4.2 million to eight million passengers per year to be completed in at least three years.

The Department of Energy is inviting Association of Southeast Asian Nations investors in the Philippine power sector as the administration’s massive infrastructure program would require a huge amount of energy supply.

The number of Filipinos working abroad fell to 2.2 million  in 2016 from 2.4 million in 2015, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority’s Survey on Overseas Filipinos.

The US economy likely slowed significantly in the first three months of the year, though economists foresee a sharp rebound in the current April-June quarter on the strength of solid job growth, higher consumer confidence and stock-market records.
 

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday morning delivered a keynote address at the Prosperity for All Summit 2017 in Pasay City.

The Philippines has taken the limelight in Southeast Asia not only as the host of the ASEAN Summit this year, but also as a center of infrastructure development in the region given the government’s aggressive infrastructure push.

San Miguel Corp. and state-run Philippine National Construction Corp. are looking to build a  P700-billion tollroad that would connect Quezon, Bicol and Samar.

The stock market retreated yesterday as investors continued to stay on the sidelines.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has directed banks to adopt stricter authentication measures for online transactions to foster secure digital financial services environment and protect consumers against cyber attacks.

The Philippine metal industry is cautious on prospects for exports this year in line with the projected reduction in imports from the United States.

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