Pilipinas, may malaking potensyal na makaakit pa ng foreign direct investments

admin   •   June 27, 2013   •   3249

FILE PHOTO: Port of Manila with overview of surrounding buildings and other establishments. (MARY ROSE DANIEL GOB / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Port of Manila with overview of surrounding buildings and other establishments. (MARY ROSE DANIEL GOB / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – May malaking potensyal ang Pilipinas na makaakit pa ng Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) sa mga susunod na taon.

Batay sa 2013 World Investment Report, bumaba ng limang porsiyento ang foreign direct investment sa east at southeast Asia.

Ngunit sa kabila nito, kabilang pa rin ang Pilipinas, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam  at Myanmar sa mga bansang umangat ng husto ang foreign direct investment nitong nakalipas na taon.

Ayon kay Director Zeno Ronald Abenoja ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), pumalo ng $2.797-B ang net foreign direct investment ng Pilipinas noong nakaraang taon, kumpara sa $1.816-B noong 2011.

“We can see that the data will show that Foreign Direct Investment wil continue to flow into the economy at levels that higher than what was experience in 2011.”

Pang-walo naman ang Pilipinas sa 25 developing countries pagdating sa global value chains (GVCs).

Umarangkada ang bansa sa export ng semi-conductor, electronics, garment at maging sa business process outsourcing na posibleng magresulta sa paglikha ng maramimg trabaho.

“Pag tayo’y nagpaparticipate sa global value chain ibig sabihin, lumalaki yung pagkakataon natin na mag-export sa ibang bansa yung ating mga produkto ginagamit sa tinatawag na final goods or services,” paliwanag pa ni Abenoja.

Payo naman ng Asian Development Bank (ADB) sa pamahalang Pilipinas na gumawa pa ng mga estratehiya upang makahikayat ng mga dayuhang investor sa bansa.

Partikular na tinukoy ni ADB Senior Country Economist Norio Usui ang mas mataas na pasahod sa mga obrero sa Pilipinas kumpara sa mga karatig bansa.

“Philippine economy now is attracting many many investors so we do need more effort to create more and more job. That is the only way to translate the strong economic growth into the more kind of inclusive growth,” pahayag ni ADB Senior Country Economist Norio Usui. (Rey Pelayo / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Coronavirus outbreak inspires bursts of mask fashion creativity in Indonesia, Malaysia

UNTV News   •   June 26, 2020

Designers in Indonesia and Malaysia are adding their artistic touches to reusable face masks, providing essential supplies and style and uniqueness amid the pandemic.

In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, Nicholas Septian Sugandi’s print shop had been losing business throughout his country’s mass-scale restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, but thanks to a new product introduced in May, lost business has been “recovered”.

Sugandi’s shop has been printing customers’ faces onto reusable face masks so that they can “look like themselves” when wearing it.

Each of the reusable masks takes around 30 minutes to produce, and cost 50,000 Indonesian rupiah ($3) each. The print shop has received hundreds of orders.

Wearing a face mask remains a mandatory practice across Indonesia.

In neighbouring Malaysia, textile designer Hafiz Drahman has utilised traditional designs from around the region to create colourful cloth masks with interchangeable filters.

In particular, Hafiz uses Batik, which is a traditional Javanese art that uses wax and ink to decorate cloth, and is derived from the Javanese word “titik,” meaning “dot”.

“So, as a designer, I saw that as an opportunity to use the cloth that I had, that is Batik textiles, and turn it into face masks,” Hafiz said from his workshop in Shah Alam, on the outskirts of capital Kuala Lumpur.

Although face masks are not compulsory in Malaysia, people are encouraged to wear them to protect themselves in public areas.

Hafiz currently sells his masks at 20 ringgits ($4.68) each.

Indonesia currently has 50,187 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,620 deaths, the highest total in Southeast Asia, while Malaysia has recorded 8,600 cases and 121 deaths as of Friday morning (June 26). (Reuters)

(Production: Yuddy Budiman, Embrahim Harris, Angie Teo)

Japan to ease entry for Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, NZ – Abe

UNTV News   •   June 19, 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday (June 18) said his country would ease entry restrictions for people coming from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam.

Speaking at a news conference on a day after the parliament session closed, Abe said Japan, which bans entry from more than 100 countries, will start coordinating discussion with the four countries.

Abe emphasised Japan needs a measure to restore people’s livelihoods and the economy hit by the new coronavirus pandemic. “We need a measure which controls the risk of infections with as few restrictions as possible, a measure which focuses more on protecting our jobs and livelihoods,” he said.

Abe also delivered an apology at the beginning of the news conference, over the arrests of former justice minister Katsuyuki Kawai and his wife, upper house lawmaker Anri Kawai, on suspicion of vote-buying. “I’m keenly aware of my responsibility as I once appointed him (Katsuyuki Kawai) Justice Minister,” Abe added.

Support for Abe, who had close ties to the ex-justice minister, has declined over what critics say is his clumsy handling of the coronavirus outbreak, a furore over efforts to extend top prosecutors’ retirement age, and questions about government programmes to support tourism and smaller companies. (Reuters)

(Production: Hideto Sakai)

Kindergartens, primary schools reopen as Vietnam eases virus restrictions

UNTV News   •   May 11, 2020

Kindergartens and primary schools in Vietnam took children’s temperatures at the gates when they re-opened on Monday (May 11) after a months-long closure over the coronavirus pandemic, following last week’s partial re-opening of other schools.

With just 288 infections and no deaths, the Southeast Asian nation has seen no community infections for nearly a month, putting it on course to resume activities sooner than most others in the region.

Medical staff could be seen taking the body temperatures of students and having them wash hands with sanitiser at the entrances to several kindergartens in Hanoi. Staff enforced safe distancing for student’ seating arrangements during class.

“The kids were being kept at home for three months and it stressed the adults out. It felt weird, very difficult to describe, because the kids were just doing everything in the house, while the adults were in the same situation, as everybody stayed in the same house…so we were looking forward to putting them back in school,” said Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, just after dropping off her granddaughter at a Hanoi kindergarten.

The school re-opening is Vietnam’s latest step in lifting virus curbs, although international commercial flights and dance clubs and karaoke bars remain banned.

Schools for older children reopened partially last week. (Reuters)

(Production: Thinh Nguyen, Minh Nguyen)

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