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Economic Briefing 2018: Realizing Gains from the ASEAN Summit and Infrastructure Spending

Course Name Economic Briefing 2018: Realizing Gains from the ASEAN Summit and Infrastructure Spending
Schedule January 25, 2018


9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Price: Php 2,900.00

The Duterte Administration's focus on infrastructure spending and its good handling of the ASEAN Summit have been the banners of economic growth in 2017.  As 2018 starts, we are looking at how to navigate our strategies and policies as the Build, Build, Build program goes full blast and the different agreements signed during the ASEAN Summit come to effect.

Join us as our economists provide you with a macro perspective of how the economy and industries are expected to go. Analysis of specific sector growth identifying winners and challenges faced by some including slowing BPOs and real estate.  Discussions on the ASEAN agreements that will be beneficial and challenging to the country will be special topics.  Finally, financing infrastructure through the passage of tax reform will be analyzed and its intermediate impacts on business and society.
Resource Speakers
Dr. Alvin Ang

has more than 20 years of professional experience in both public and private sectors.  He is currently a Professor and Senior Fellow of Eagle Watch at the Ateneo De Manila University - Macroeconomic Forecasting Unit. He is presently the Director of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development (ACERD).

He started his economist experience with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) of the Philippines where he developed his skills in development planning, policy formulation and analysis.  He also worked in Investment Research and Economic Forecasting with his stints at the Philippine National Bank and All Asia Capital as Chief Corporate Planner and as Economist, respectively. 

He has published in renowned journals such as the Review of Development Economics, Asian Social Science, Asia Pacific Social Science Review, among others.  His research fields are in Regionalism, Local Governance, Migration, Development Economics, and Competition.  His researches on Remittances and Economic Growth in the Philippines have been widely circulated. 

His recent work on the indicators of economic development in localities has been used by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) as basis for the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) rankings of cities and municipalities in the Philippines. 

He has been regularly consulted by international agencies and the Philippine Government on policy matters. He won first prize (together with Jeremaiah Opiniano) in the Outstanding Research for Development in the 2011 Global Development Awards (besting 400 entries worldwide) held in Bogota, Colombia. 

He is a lifetime member of the Philippine Economics Society where he was President in 2013 and a sought-after Economics commentator on TV, radio and newspapers.  He wants to be called as Your Everyday Economist.

Dr. Ang completed his Master in Public Policy at the National University of Singapore as a Scholar of the Singapore Government and went on completing his Ph.D. in Applied Economics at Osaka University as a Japanese Government Scholar. 

Dr. Cielito Habito

is a Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow at the Ateneo de Manila University. He currently heads the USAID Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project. He previously served as the Director of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development (ACERD) and was the Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning under President Fidel V. Ramos. Dr. Habito holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.