Iloilo Trade Mission March 2018

Iloilo Trade Mission

8 – 9- March 2018

Iloilo City, Philippines

The Philippines posts a steady economic growth and is even hailed as one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world since President Rodrigo Duterte took office last year. In an effort to address Metro Manila’s worsening traffic congestion brought by the lack of infrastructure spending for years and to achieve inclusive growth throughout the country, President Duterte’s administration is pushing for decentralization to spur development in the countryside. Major cities like Clark in Northern Luzon, Davao and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, and Iloilo in the Visayas are economic hotspots for investment.

IloiloFollowing last year’s successful trade mission in Davao, the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) is visiting Iloilo City this year to encourage more businesses expand operation in the Visayas region. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) earlier forecasted that the average growth rate in the Visayas region will be higher than the government’s targeted national GDP growth for 2017-2022. In addition, there’s a growing interest of British companies in regional investment opportunities in the county.

With this in mind, the British Chamber is organizing the Iloilo Trade Mission on March 8-9, 2018 in Iloilo City. The Mission, held in celebration of the annual GREAT British Festival, will highlight a Trade & Investment Forum on March 8 at the Richmonde Hotel aimed to facilitate a dialogue between the government and private sectors and present business opportunities in Iloilo and the Visayas as a whole, and site visits on 9 March.

Listen to Chris Nelson’s TV interview guesting today at ANC’s Market Edge with Cathy Yang discussing the forthcoming Iloilo Trade Mission on March 8-9, 2018


The 2-day event will gather an estimated total of hundred participants, and include three main components:

1) Iloilo Trade and Investment Forum
● Innovation is GREAT: Showcasing Innovative Practices
● How to Protect Your Innovation in the Philippines?
● Investment Opportunities in Iloilo
● Developing Iloilo’s Economic Viability

2) Site Visits around Iloilo
● Iloilo Business Park
● Iloilo Commercial Port Complex
● Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center
● And other homegrown industries, TBA

3) Social Networking & Cocktails


  • Daniel Pruce (Ambassador at British Embassy Manila)

    Daniel Pruce

    Ambassador at British Embassy Manila

  • Benjamin Diokno (Secretary at Department of Budget and Management)

    Benjamin Diokno

    Secretary at Department of Budget and Management

  • Ramon Lopez, TBC (Secretary at Department of Trade and Industry)

    Ramon Lopez, TBC

    Secretary at Department of Trade and Industry

  • Juan Miguel Zubiri, TBC (Senator at Philippine Senate)

    Juan Miguel Zubiri, TBC

    Senator at Philippine Senate

  • Mike Moon (Trade Director at Department for International Trade)

    Mike Moon

    Trade Director at Department for International Trade

  • Chris Nelson (Chairman at British Chamber of Commerce Philippines)

    Chris Nelson

    Chairman at British Chamber of Commerce Philippines

  • Tony Abad, Host & Moderator (Trade Lawyer at TradeAdvisors)

    Tony Abad, Host & Moderator

    Trade Lawyer at TradeAdvisors


Richmonde Hotel Iloilo

Megaworld Boulevard corner Enterprise Road,

Iloilo Business Park,


Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo,Iloilo City,

Western Visayas,


Further details

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Philippine Airlines Daily London to Manila

Since 19 September 2017 Philippine Airlines has operated a brand new Boeing 777-300ER daily on the London to Manila route.Philippine airlines PAL_777-300ER

With 42 seats in Business Class and 328 seats in Economy, this brings PAL’s capacity up to 370 from the current 253 on the A340.

With full lie-flat beds in Business, 11 inch personal TV screens in each Economy seat and in-flight Wi-Fi throughout both cabins, PAL’s passengers can now experience a whole new level of comfort flying from London to Manila and onwards to Asia, Australasia and Oceania.

London Heathrow Terminal 3 to Manila



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UK Economic Indicators November 2017

The latest UK economic indicators are presented here. UK Money

These are summary figures from the UK Government’s National Statistics Office Pocket databook: Economic indicators.

Further details can be found at the link at the bottom of this page.

% change on a year earlier unless otherwise stated


GDP (QoQ)                                                     17Q3         0.4
Service sector output (MoM)                  Aug         0.2
Industrial production (MoM)                  Aug         0.2
Manufacturing output (MoM)                Aug         0.4
GfK Consumer Confidence                      Sep        -9.0
Retail sales volumes (MoY)                      Sep          1.5
Goods exports (volumes) (MoM)         Aug          0.7
Goods imports (volumes) (MoM)         Aug          4.2
Current account balance, £bn           17Q2     -23.2
Business Investment (QoQ)               17Q2           0.5

Labour market & earnings

Unemployment, mn                          3m to Aug           1.4
Unemployment rate, %                  3m to Aug            4.3
Claimant count, mn                                         Sep            0.8
Claimant count, %                                            Sep            2.3
LFS total in employment, mn      3m to Aug         32.1
LFS employment rate, %                3m to Aug         75.1
Workforce jobs, mn                                    17Q2         34.9
Average earnings growth, %       3m to Aug            2.2

Inflation & prices

CPI (YoY)                                                              Sep          3.0
RPI (YoY)                                                              Sep           3.9
Producer output prices (nsa) (YoY)      Sep           3.3
Producer input prices (nsa) (YoY)          Sep           8.4
Halifax house prices (MoY)                        Sep          4.2
Nationwide house prices (MoY)             Sep           2.0

Public finances

Public sector current budget deficit, £bn           Sep        2.5
Public sector net borrowing, £bn                            Sep        5.9
Public sector net debt, % of GDP                             Sep     87.2

M4 deposits (ex.intermediate OFCs) (YoY)      Aug        4.4
Exchange rate index (2005=100)                      Latest      77.5
£/$                                                                                        Latest        1.3
£/€                                                                                        Latest        1.1
Bank Rate, %                                                                   Latest        0.3
Long-term interest rates, %                                         Sep        1.2

Link to more detailed economic indicator statistics can be found here



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Philippines Economic and Performance Indicators November 2017


PBBC membersas presented at

the recent Breakfast meeting

of the PBBC

in London

Gross Domestic Product

• The Philippine’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 6.9 percent in the third quarter of 2017. GDP grew by 6.5 percent in the second quarter of 2017 and 6.4 percent in the first half of the year.

• Manufacturing, Trade, and Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities were the main drivers of growth for the quarter.

• Among the major economic sectors, Industry recorded the fastest growth of 7.5 percent followed by Services with 7.1 percent growth. Meanwhile, Agriculture slowed down by 2.5 percent from 3.0 percent growth in the previous year.

• Net Primary Income from the Rest of the World (NPI) grew by 5.7 percent compared with the 4.1 percent growth recorded in the same quarter of the previous year. As a result, Gross National Income (GNI) posted a growth of 6.7 percent.

• With the country’s projected population reaching 104.9 million in the third quarter of 2017, per capita GDP grew by 5.4 percent. Meanwhile per capita GNI and per capita Household Final Consumption Expenditure grew by 5.2 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively.

Trade / Exports / Imports

• From January to June 2017 (First Semester), Philippines’ total external trade in goods was recorded at $75.586 billion, expanding by 15.3 percent from $65.579 billion in 2016.

• Total imports payments went up by 14.3 percent to $44.302 billion in 2017 from $38.746 billion in 2016, whereas, total export receipts grew by 16.6 percent to $31.284 billion in 2017 from $26.832 billion in 2016.

• This brought the country’s balance of trade in goods (BoT-G) at $13.017 billion deficit in January to June 2017, higher than the $11.914 billion deficit in same period of 2016.


• The year-on-year headline inflation at the national level further accelerated by 3.5 percent in October 2017. In the previous month, inflation was posted at 3.4 percent and in October 2016, 2.3 percent.

• The indices of the following commodity groups recorded higher annual increases during the month: Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (6.8%); Housing, Water, Electricity Gas and Other Fuels (4.0%); Communication (0.4%); Recreation and Culture (1.5%); and Restaurant and Miscellaneous Goods and Services (2.6%).


• As of July 2017, the unemployment rate inched up to 5.6 percent from 5.4 percent a year ago as more Filipinos joined the labour force.

• Estimates showed that 94.4 percent of the labour force population were employed in July, slightly down from 94.6 percent last year.

Budget (Revenues and Expenditure)

• From January to October, revenues rose by a tenth to P2.007 trillion from last year’s P1.821 trillion.

• Tax and non-tax revenues, meanwhile, grew 17 percent to P205.1 billion in October from a year ago’s P174.6 billion.

• The collections of the bureaus of Internal Revenue and of Customs, the country’s two biggest tax-collection agencies, increased 17 percent year-on-year to P142.5 billion and 29 percent to P42.9 billion, respectively.

• The national government widened its budget deficit that month by 830 percent to P21.8 billion from P2.3 billion a year ago. The national government continued to underspend during the first 10 months of the year, as expenditures of P2.241 trillion were 7-percent lower than the programmed disbursements of P2.403 trillion.

Foreign Direct Investment / Portfolio Investment

• Foreign direct investments (FDI) grew by 182.7 percent to US$674 million in June 2017 from US$238 million for the same month in 2016, reflecting investors’ continued bullish outlook on the Philippine economy.

• On a cumulative basis, FDI registered net inflows of US$3.6 billion in the first half of 2017. This was 14 percent lower than the US$4.2 billion net inflows posted in the same period last year on account of the 90.3 percent decline in net equity capital to US$141 million from US$1.4 billion a year ago.

• Equity capital infusions during the first semester were sourced mainly from the United States, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. These were invested mainly in real estate; financial and insurance; manufacturing; electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply; and wholesale and retail trade activities.

Foreign Exchange Reserves

• The country’s foreign exchange buffer improved to a three-month high of $81.51 billion in August, $447.9 million higher than the revised $81.06 billion recorded in July.

• The latest gross international reserves level was the highest since hitting $82.18 billion in May.

• The build-up in reserves was due mainly to inflows arising from the revaluation adjustments on the Central Bank’s gold holdings resulting from the increase in the price of gold in the international market.

• Data showed the BSP’s gold holdings went up 5.3 percent to $8.43 billion in August from $8 billion in July.


• During the first seven months of the year, personal remittances from Overseas Filipinos increased by 5.9 percent at $17.9 billion, compared to the same period last year.

• The sustained increase in OF remittances was supported by stable demand for skilled Filipino workers abroad.

• Preliminary data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration showed that in January to July 2017, the total number of deployed OF workers reached 1,222,003 which is about 58 percent of the total number of OF workers deployed for the year 2016 at 2,112,331.

• Cash remittances coming from the US, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, Japan, United Kingdom, Qatar, Kuwait, Germany and Hong Kong comprised accounted for 80 percent of total cash remittances in the first seven months of the year.


• Consistent growth is observed by the Philippines’ inbound traffic with a total of 2,8 million visitors for the first five months of 2017. This volume registered double-digit increase of 14.43% from the 2,5 million count for the same period last year.

• The biggest volume was recorded in the month of January while the highest growth was registered in April. Another milestone was achieved by the industry as month to month arrivals has surpassed the 500,000 visitor volume for the first five months of the year.

• Arrivals from the UK have reached 82,000 within the said period. The UK still ranks as the 8th top visitor market for the Philippines.

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