Infrastructure as a Driver For Growth

Does the Aquino administration's pride regarding the country's GDP growth 7.2% for 2013 reflect the country's poor infrastructure?

The Philippines may achieved the said positive growth rate however foreign direct investment of US$3.9 billion 2013 is no where close to US$13 billion and US$33 billion as FDI achieved by Vietnam and Thailand respectively. It is no wonder FDI investments in manufacturing due to poor infrastructure is low in the Philippines as compared to the high manufacturing activities going on with both the Asian neighbors.

If and when the infrastructure is improved in the country, there is another issue of limiting foreign investors to 40% ownership. This is another issue that needs to addresses by the government.


Rossano Salvosa Almonia
MBA University Professor
College of Business Administration
Garment for Export Executive(25years)

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