Japan bashes Philippine investment policy

sleeping traderThe Philippines should “do much more” and “push harder” to improve the country’s investment climate as it continues to lag behind neighbours in Asia, said Akio Isomata, economic minister of the embassy of Japan in the Philippines at a press conference in Manila held on March 14.

He cited congested logistics infrastructure, including roads and ports, expensive and unstable power supply and the delayed release of tax refunds as major concerns among Japanese investors.

Japan is a leading economic and development partner of the Philippines, with a number of Japanese companies operating in the country, and the largest source of official development assistance, with $593.3 million in aid disbursements in 2011 as per latest available figures, including military aid.

In turn, Japan is the Philippines’ top export market and leading trading partner, accounting for around $13 billion in total bilateral trade in 2012, according to figures of the Department of Foreign Affairs

Despite the glowing statistics of the economy, the Philippines “cannot afford to be complacent” amid the optimism generated by its standout growth rate of 6.6 per cent in 2012, Isomata said.

He added that implementation of aid-supported infrastructure projects remains slow and poor maintenance, especially for  roads and ports, was another concern.

Japanese companies are also hoping for improvements in the energy sector, including a stable and affordable power supply, whose current rates are known to be the most expensive in Southeast Asia.

He also recommended a pay rise for public servants in the Philippine government in order to “dispense their responsibilities as they should” and “mobilise the bureaucracy.”

Akihiro Ushimaru, President of the Japan Chamber of Commerce in Mindanao, also cited power supply and infrastructure as major concerns for his fellow Japanese investors.

 



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The Philippines should "do much more" and "push harder" to improve the country’s investment climate as it continues to lag behind neighbours in Asia, said Akio Isomata, economic minister of the embassy of Japan in the Philippines at a press conference in Manila held on March 14. He cited congested logistics infrastructure, including roads and ports, expensive and unstable power supply and the delayed release of tax refunds as major concerns among Japanese investors. Japan is a leading economic and development partner of the Philippines, with a number of Japanese companies operating in the country, and the largest source of...

sleeping traderThe Philippines should “do much more” and “push harder” to improve the country’s investment climate as it continues to lag behind neighbours in Asia, said Akio Isomata, economic minister of the embassy of Japan in the Philippines at a press conference in Manila held on March 14.

He cited congested logistics infrastructure, including roads and ports, expensive and unstable power supply and the delayed release of tax refunds as major concerns among Japanese investors.

Japan is a leading economic and development partner of the Philippines, with a number of Japanese companies operating in the country, and the largest source of official development assistance, with $593.3 million in aid disbursements in 2011 as per latest available figures, including military aid.

In turn, Japan is the Philippines’ top export market and leading trading partner, accounting for around $13 billion in total bilateral trade in 2012, according to figures of the Department of Foreign Affairs

Despite the glowing statistics of the economy, the Philippines “cannot afford to be complacent” amid the optimism generated by its standout growth rate of 6.6 per cent in 2012, Isomata said.

He added that implementation of aid-supported infrastructure projects remains slow and poor maintenance, especially for  roads and ports, was another concern.

Japanese companies are also hoping for improvements in the energy sector, including a stable and affordable power supply, whose current rates are known to be the most expensive in Southeast Asia.

He also recommended a pay rise for public servants in the Philippine government in order to “dispense their responsibilities as they should” and “mobilise the bureaucracy.”

Akihiro Ushimaru, President of the Japan Chamber of Commerce in Mindanao, also cited power supply and infrastructure as major concerns for his fellow Japanese investors.

 



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  1. The energy maintenance issue highlights another priority for the Philippines. Although a number of large infrastructure projects have been undertaken in recent years, the country still has a long way to go, having spent the least amount of public spending in the past, compared to its economically competing counterparts like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. The significant presence of Japanese investors will hopefully exert an amount of external pressure to optimize infrastructure development in the Philippines.

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