Catherine Pillas

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Catherine Pillas is a graduate of Ateneo De Manila University, major in European Studies - International Relations, with minor degrees in History and English. She's been a beat reporter for 3 years now, covering the Senate beat briefly before being designated as the trade and industry reporter for BusinessMirror.

PEZA adjusts 2018 targets

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) has downscaled its investment pledges target to a modest 10 percent for 2018, and is eyeing similar conservative targets for exports and employment.

BOI-okayed investment pledges hit record high

The reported negative buzz created by President Duterte’s bloody war against illegal drugs in the international community apparently failed to drive investors away from the Philippines, as investment pledges approved by the Board of Investments (BOI) reached P616.7 billion this year, the agency’s best performance in its 50-year existence.

Medvedev sees improving Russia, Asean economic ties

The head of state of one of the world’s largest energy producer, the Russian Federation, sees increased cooperation with Association of Southeast Asian Nations nations in various areas, including energy transfer, agriculture, navigation and financial services, amid modest trade and investment between the two parties.

Asean businessmen to talk infra

World leaders and the industry captains in member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will discuss key economic issues, such as the Duterte administration’s infrastructure program and the state of entrepreneurship in the Philippines on Monday.

EU won’t commit if PHL will keep trade privileges

Economic and diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the European Union (EU) are still headed toward different directions, as diplomacy is going south due to President Duterte’s rants against foreign interference in domestic affairs while bilateral trade continues to soar.

Paving the way for MSMEs to gain access to cheap credit

When it comes to access to finance, many unbanked Filipino entrepreneurs struggle with the fact that the higher the credit risk of an individual, the slimmer the chances of securing a loan. But things are about to change, as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is in the middle of removing obstacles confronting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in accessing cheap credit.

Tata distributor eyes local auto assembly

PILIPINAS Taj Autogroup Inc., the distributor of Tata vehicles, is eyeing to locally assemble three commercial vehicle models in the country. The company has also filed an application to the Motor Vehicle Development Program (MVDP) of the Board of Investments (BOI).

EU to assess PHL eligibility for GSP+ perks

The European Union will begin this October a review of the Philippines’s compliance with 27 international treaties and conventions to determine whether the country can continue enjoying trade perks under the EU-Generalized System of Preferences Plus (EU-GSP+).

Tax on SSBs contradicts competition law–Arranza

Domestic manufacturers have asked the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to look into the possible effects of the proposed sugary drinks tax on the industry’s competition landscape, particularly citing the Senate version that divides sweetened beverages into different tax brackets.

Poll shows ‘unyielding’ US confidence to PHL growth

American companies across the Asean remain confident in the region’s continued growth with majority of United States firms embarking on expansion in their initial location, including those in the Philippines, according to the Asean 50th anniversary edition of the 2018 Asean Business Outlook Survey jointly released by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) and the US Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

Asean to dictate terms of RCEP commitments

ASEAN member-states aim to dictate the negotiations on the trade in goods modalities under the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)—now composed of 16 negotiating parties—as reflected in the “Key Elements for Significant Outcomes by End of 2017” document endorsed by Southeast Asian economic ministers.

PCCI awaits Duterte’s detailed socioeconomic plan

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) said on Wednesday the Duterte administration may have “overlooked” some of the items on the wish list of reforms the business chamber submitted last year, notably in the areas of information communication technology and ease in doing business. That’s why the PCCI, according to PCCI President George Barcelon, is seeking for a more detailed plan on the administration’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda.