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The Philippines Growth Dialogues

The Philippines Growth Dialogues is a special anthology featuring leaders who reflect on the biggest opportunities, challenges, and contextual forces that will define the Philippines’ next horizon of growth and innovation.

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Survey: Filipino consumer sentiment during the coronavirus crisis

– Filipino consumers generally remained as optimistic in October as they were in April; however, optimism among lower-income groups... declined significantly.
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Outperformers: Maintaining ASEAN countries’ exceptional growth

– Almost half of the emerging economies that grew quickly and consistently in recent decades are in Southeast Asia. The challenges... now are to maintain that momentum as circumstances change and to curb income inequality.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Smart cities in Southeast Asia

– Smart solutions can help cities across the region manage the next stage of growth.

The Power of Parity: Advancing women’s equality in the Philippines

– The Philippines is further advanced than the Asia Pacific average on gender equality in work. But the experience of Filipinas... still depends largely on their socioeconomic status. If the Philippines reinforced opportunities for higher-income women and extended them to poorer women, it could add $40 billion to annual GDP in 2025, or 7% above business-as-usual GDP.

The Philippines growth dialogues: Kristine Romano, Nestor A. Espenilla Jr., and Nestor Tan

– In the third installment of this series, business leaders discuss important recent trends in the banking sector.

As sector partitions crumble, ASEAN companies must cross borders

– For the region to reach its economic growth potential, companies must develop a clear understanding of how new technologies are... tearing down industry borders.

Deepening capital markets in the Philippines

– Establishing pro-market policies, along with supportive rules and institutions, should increase the flow of money to companies... and public projects that can benefit society.

The Philippines growth dialogues: Doris Ho and Suraj Moraje

– In the first installment of a new series, two Filipino leaders discuss the country’s future economy and society.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

What Southeast Asia needs to become a major player in artificial intelligence

– For artificial intelligence to take hold in Southeast Asia, the region needs more defined business use cases, better data ecosystems,... and more concerted talent-development efforts.

How Filipino consumer businesses can boost performance

– Growth and profitability have slowed down for large consumer companies. To tap into rising consumer spending, they’ll need... to find new markets and refocus on fundamentals.

ASEAN Insights: Regional trends

– The ASEAN desk of our Global Economics Intelligence service which tracks and reports key macroeconomic indicators for major Southeast... Asian economies. Find out how to subscribe.

Seizing the automation opportunity in the Philippines

– Almost half of the activities that people are paid to do can be automated using currently available technologies. Filipino innovators... can establish competitive advantage and reap superior rewards by selectively adopting these technologies.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Harnessing automation for a future that works

– Automation is happening, and it will bring substantial benefits to businesses and economies worldwide, but it won’t arrive... overnight. A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds realizing automation’s full potential requires people and technology to work hand in hand.

Philippines: Broadband nation

– The Philippines can harvest the dividends of high-speed connectivity if private and public sector players join forces.

Seeding growth in Philippine agriculture

– The Philippines has long been a major agricultural producer and is situated close to many future centers of demand. Yet, growth... within its agriculture sector has been sluggish. This article pinpoints several ways to boost growth.

Sustaining and accelerating the Philippines’ growth

– The Philippines has had impressive growth in recent years. Focusing on five crucial themes could help sustain and even accelerate... this success.

Weathering the storm: Asia–Pacific Banking Review 2016

– Our annual report finds an industry facing challenges to maintain its growth, but significant opportunities remain.

Urban consumers to watch in Southeast Asia

– Southeast Asia will see robust population growth across demographic groups where two-thirds of consumption growth to 2030 will... come from increased per capita spending, and the remaining one-third from population growth.

Philippines late to join digital banking, but change is coming

– Digital banking has been slow to arrive in the Philippines—slower, in fact, than almost anywhere in Asia—but a new... McKinsey survey suggests pressure for change is building.

Paths to shared prosperity for the Philippine economy

– The Philippines, and other member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), have new avenues to transform... their productivity and build a future of shared prosperity.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Three paths to sustained economic growth in Southeast Asia

– By capitalizing on three global trends, Southeast Asia could increase productivity and create billions in economic value by 2030.

The keys to succeeding in ASEAN

– In this interview and accompanying video, Michael Zink, Citi’s head of ASEAN and country officer for Singapore, says financial... institutions will succeed by focusing on what’s practical and achievable.

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Big data analytics should be driven by business needs, not technology

– Big data analytics can deliver massive value, but too often companies let technology guide their efforts. Instead, decisions must... be based on business priorities.

The construction productivity imperative

– How to build megaprojects better.

Implementing a citizen-centric approach to delivering government services

– When governments deliver services based on the needs of the people they serve, they can increase public satisfaction and reduce... costs.

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