Let’s call a spade a spade. There’s no such thing as further decentralization! At least not in the current context, not under the current political system and governmental framework. Whenever I hear someone say, let’s just further decentralization, I can’t help but think perhaps they simply can’t be that forward and say, let’s preserve the status quo as we are benefitting from it, or (which to me is worst), there has been no effort to understand the current political and governance setup reflected in the policy process and public administration. There has to be an honest to goodness, level-headed, objective assessment of how policy-making and governance have ensued. Then we’ll have a clear, unbiased lens at reforms and liberate ourselves from what has become sadly acrimonious partisanship in the country. We have become loyal to a fault to particular personalities and their clans that even those who have long been campaigning for system change … [Read more...] about OPINION: What further decentralization?
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Easing of bank secrecy, consumer protection top BSP agenda Lawrence Agcaoili (The Philippine Star) - July 1, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has prioritized amendments to the bank deposit secrecy law as well as consumer protection in its legislative wish list for the next Congress. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said bills pertaining to amendments to the bank deposit secrecy law, the financial consumer protection bill, and the agricultural financing reforms, among others would further improve access to quality financial products and promote the interests of the general public. “We shall work with the 18th Congress in the legislation of laws that support a strong economy and promote a high quality of life for all Filipinos. This is the BSP’s vision. But we cannot do it alone. We need the help of various stakeholders to make this happen,” Diokno said. Proposed … [Read more...] about Easing of bank secrecy, consumer protection top BSP agenda
Yangon’s government showcased 80 project proposals in last month’s Yangon Investment Forum. Apart from housing, industrial zones and highways, the list included ambitious blueprints of Yangon’s “New City”, Dala’s satellite urban centre, another port between Kawhmu and Kungyangon townships. Everyone at the forum praised the Thilawa Special Economic Zones for its success. The Myanmar Times secured an exclusive interview with panel speaker and investor Tomoaki Yabe. For the government to replicate this public-private partnership success in other parts of Myanmar, Mr Yabe outlined a few criteria: transparent and investment-friendly regulatory environment, infrastructure and efficient bureaucracy. The government had laid out transparent regulatory framework with the clear objective of attracting FDI before the scheme began, he said. Good infrastructure developed by Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development Limited (MJTD) within the area makes it … [Read more...] about ‘No magic bullet’ behind Thilawa’s success
World competitive rankings offer the Philippine government an opportunity to gauge where and how it can improve its performance in a variety of areas. Well, sometimes the self-assessment comes after some ranting, especially if the report has not been favorable. Happily, with the recent annual report of the Switzerland-based International Institute of Management Development (IMD), our economic managers found little reason to complain with a four-notch rise in the Philippines’ standing against 62 other economies. Yet, upon closer look, the grim reality is that the country continues to be a laggard among 14 Asia-Pacific economies that were tracked in the IMD report, placing 13th or just one rung ahead of last-placer Mongolia. The Philippines’ position remained in 13th place also in last year’s tracker. In the IMD’s assessment using 235 indicators categorized in the four areas of economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency, and infrastructure, … [Read more...] about Closer look into Phl competitive rank