AMRO-BRAc Roundtable on the Philippine Economy

On September 7, AMRO and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Research Academy (BRAc) jointly organized the 1st AMRO-BRAc Roundtable on the Philippine Economy under the theme “Sustaining Long-Term Growth Opportunities for the Philippines amid Challenges”. AMRO and local experts from the public and private sectors discussed two key structural issues – infrastructure investments and the role of the services sector – in driving long-term growth.

The event was part of the 2023 AMRO Annual Consultation Visit to the Philippines.



2:30PM – 3:00PM


3:00PM – 3:05PM

Welcome Remarks

Hoe Ee Khor, Chief Economist, AMRO

3:05PM – 4:05PM

Infrastructure Investments in the Philippines: Challenges and Policy Options

Lead-off Presentation:

Adora Navarro, Senior Research Fellow, PIDS


Byunghoon Nam, Senior Economist, AMRO


Faith Christian Cacnio, Principal Researcher, BRAc


4:05PM -4:25PM

Coffee Break

4:25PM -5:25PM

Main Drivers of the Philippine Long-term Growth: the Role of Services Sector

Lead-off Presentation:

Laura Fermo, Principal Researcher, BRAc


Manolito Tayag, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP)


Runchana Pongsaparn, Group Head and Principal Economist, AMRO

5:25PM – 5:30PM

Closing Remarks

Laura L. Ignacio, Head, BSP Research Academy