World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) capped its second successful networking forum dubbed “Up Close and Personal with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III” on January 26 at the WTCMM lobby in Pasay City.
Secretary Dominguez shared his plans and programs relating to macroeconomic and fiscal policies, progressive tax reforms and effective tax collection measures, increasing our global competitiveness and promoting the ease of doing business in the Philippines.
Among the salient points highlighted by Secretary Dominguez was that the economy could expand by another 6.5-7 percent in 2017 on the back of a healthy foreign exchange buffer, a strong banking system as well as a young and educated workforce. Last year, the economy grew by 6.8 percent, the fastest expansion in three years and among the highest full-year 2016 growth rates in Asia. This year, the government targets 6.5-7.5 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
Up Close and Personal is a WTCMM signature event that becomes a convergence for movers and shakers in Philippine business, representing industries such as logistics, food and agri-based products, banking, manufacturing, trading and services. Diverse sectors are also present from foreign embassies to trade associations, private and government sectors.