Why Invest in the Philippines?
- Long-term Economic Stability
The Philippines posted an economic growth of 6.8% for the first quarter of 2018, still one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia after Vietnam’s 7.38% and China’s 6.8%.
- Credit Rating Upgrade
This tells the world how safe it is to invest in a country. Philippines was awarded Investment Grade by three of the biggest credit rating agencies in the world.
- Strong Remittance Inflows
Overseas Filipinos’ remittances continue to power low-end to mid-range residential property market. A total of USD4.3 billion overseas Filipinos cash remittances were recorded from January to February of 2018 resulting to a growth rate of 7.1% compared to the same period last year.
The Filipino workforce is one of the most compelling advantages the Philippines has over any other Asian country. With higher education priority, the literacy rate in the country is 94.6% — among the highest. English is taught in all schools, making the Philippines the world’s third largest English-speaking country. Every year, there are some 350,000 graduates enriching the professional pool.
- Business Location
The Philippines is located right in the heart of Asia – today the fastest growing region. It is located within four hours flying time from major capitals of the region. Sited at the crossroads of the eastern and western business, it is a critical entry point to over 500 million people in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) market and a gateway of international shipping and air lanes suited for European and American businesses.
- Low Cost of Doing Business
Wages are typically less than a fifth of that in the United States. Local communication, electricity, and housing costs are also 50% lower compared to the US rates. Foreign companies that are now outsourcing programming and business processes to the Philippines estimate 30%-40% business cost savings, 15%-30% call center services and application systems, and 35%-50% software development.
- Abundant Resources
An archipelago like the Philippines offers diverse natural resources, from land to marine to mineral resources. It is also the biggest copper producer in Southeast Asia and among the top ten producers of gold in the world. It is also home to 2,145 fish species, four times more than those found in the Bahamas. The 7,100 islands boast of beautiful beaches and breathtaking sceneries that offer soothing leisure and relaxation spots for vacationers
- Unlimited Business Opportunities
Asian economies integrate within the vast framework of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), the Philippines is the natural and most strategic location for firms that want access to the large ASEAN market and its vast trade opportunities. The Philippines has enhanced and primed up various areas for investors and offers a dynamic consumer market accustomed to an array of product choices created by a competitive domestic economy.