THE long-awaited Justice Summit 2024 reeled off last week at the Makati Diamond Residences with the theme of “Freedom through Justice Reforms.” A joint project of the Supreme Court and the Judicial Reform Initiative (JRI), the conference highlighted business perspectives on the rule of law and access to justice.
China’s Fujian Province is huge by our provincial standards. Its land area of 121,400 square kilometers is approximately one-third the size of the entire Philippines, and so is its population of 39 million. Just imagine a land mass slightly bigger than Luzon but with 40 percent fewer people – that’s how Fujian is today.
SINCE the start of the 21st century, Filipino Chinese businessmen have dominated Forbes Asia’s list of the “Philippines’ 50 Richest” in terms of net worth. Every year, the list is being compiled using financial information obtained from the stock exchanges, analysts, and other sources. Net worth is based on stock prices and exchange rates as of the close of markets on a particular cut-off date.
FOR the second consecutive year, BusinessMirror won the top prize of the Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards. Henry Empeño’s article titled “Good as Gold” was adjudged the Agriculture Story of the Year during the awarding ceremony held last week at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City.
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is at the forefront of fostering awareness about Islamic banking and finance in the entire country. Since the 2018 enactment of Republic Act (RA) 11439, otherwise known as the Islamic Banking Act of the Philippines, the BSP has been actively promoting a sustainable Islamic finance ecosystem throughout the archipelago.
FINANCIAL technology (fintech) and information technology (IT) firms dominated the “2023 Top Companies in the Philippines” list of LinkedIn Corp., the largest professional network in the world. According to the survey findings, fintech and IT companies are among the 15 best workplaces where Filipino professionals can grow their careers.
SEJONG, South Korea–Around 120 kilometers to the south of Seoul, this smart city in the country’s central region was founded in 2007 as the new national capital of South Korea. Created from scratch, it has been patterned after the master-planned capitals of Canberra in Australia, Brasilia in Brazil and Putrajaya in Malaysia.
BACOLOD CITY—Financial services giant Morgan Stanley predicts that there will be increased mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the next two years globally. In its “2023 M&A Outlook” published last month, the Manhattan-based multinational investment management firm attributes the acceleration of deal-making to three factors: the growth in the private equity industry; the sophistication of corporate clients; and, the overall strength of corporate earnings.
THE Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (Finex) has forged an alliance with the ALC Group of Companies for the promotion of financial literacy and inclusion. Citystate Savings Bank (CSBank), a Philippine Stock Exchange-listed company and member of the ALC Group, signed a memorandum of agreement with Finex last month to jumpstart the joint advocacy project. 2022 Finex President Michael Arcatomy H. Guarin and CSBank Executive Vice President Jaime Valentin L. Araneta were the signatories for the two organizations.
BANGKOK—Changing demographics and an evolving real estate market are creating demand for high-quality, integrated and walkable communities in major urban areas worldwide. The rise of mixed-used developments is most evident in this capital city of Thailand, where its benefits extend far beyond enhancing the social good.
FOR the third consecutive year, the search for the “CFO of the Year” will focus on game-changing Chief Finance Officers in the Philippines.
Metro Manilans who missed the recent Negros Trade Fair in Makati City or the ongoing MassKara Festival in Bacolod City will have another opportunity to experience the Negrense lifestyle at the First Namit Namit Food Festival (NNFF) on November 4 to 6 in Rockwell Center Makati.
FACE-to-face events are back after two years of virtual conventions and online meetings. As a sign of post-pandemic normalcy, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (Finex) held its 54th annual conference at the Fairmont Hotel Makati last October 5 with a wide array of speakers that included global and regional leaders in business and finance.
TWENTY policy experts and academicians discussed the current Philippine situation and provide their prognoses in a book titled “Beyond the Crisis: A Strategic Agenda for the Next Administration,” which was launched last week by the Stratbase ADR Institute (ADRi).
LEADERS of the country’s top business organizations have pushed for congressional amendments to the 85-year-old Public Service Act (PSA). Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have already passed on third reading their respective bills seeking to amend the PSA, otherwise known as Commonwealth Act 146.
BASED on the latest poll of Social Weather Station (SWS), an overwhelming 93 percent of Filipinos expressed optimism about 2022. Conducted last December 12 to December 16, the SWS survey result was released just before the New Year.
TODAY, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines and ING Bank N.V.’s Manila Branch will jointly present the 15th ING Finex CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of the Year Award at the New World Hotel in Makati City.