OXFORD BUSINESS GROUP’S 2018 PHILIPPINE REPORT MAPS OUT PLANS TO EXPAND CAPITAL MARKET

Philippine Stock Exchange signs first MoU with Oxford Business Group

Manila, May 29, 2018:Thenew 2018 report from global research and consultancy firmOxford Business Group(OBG) maps out the positive impact on the country’s capital market of the decision of Fitch Ratings, Inc. to award the Philippines investment status.

The Report: The Philippines 2018 by OBG will track the new products and services that the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has begun introducing as part of a broader strategic expansion drive aimed at further boosting investor interest. The report analyzes key initiatives such as PSE’s short-selling program to enable investors to hedge and plans to launch a real estate investment trust market.

Marking OBG’s 10-year anniversary of operations in the country, the publication will also explore the investment opportunities emerging from the Philippines’ extensive infrastructure drive. Other topics to be analyzed include the anticipated shift of PSE to derivative products, which will support the exchange’s bid to become more competitive on the regional stage.

The PSE has signed a first-time memorandum of understanding (MoU) with OBG for its upcoming publication. Under the MoU, the exchange’s representatives will help OBG in producing the capital markets chapter of The Report: The Philippines 2018.

Ramon S. Monzon, president and CEO of PSE, said he looks forward to teaming up with OBG for its upcoming report and highlighting the myriad developments taking place at the exchange, which will be of significant interest to investors.

“The Philippine Stock Exchange’s current strategic plan is anchored on three themes: The development of new products and services, reinforcement of measures to widen the investor base and strengthening of capacity-building activities geared toward technology and people transformation,” Monzon shared. “Obtaining investment grade rating has opened up a lot of doors for the country, and we at the exchange have directly felt its effects. I am delighted that we will have the opportunity to navigate Oxford Business Group’s readers through these exciting changes and highlight others that are fast approaching.”

Oxford Business Group Country Director for Philippines Charlotte Van Camp said robust macroeconomic expansion that included six consecutive years of growth above 6 percent up to and including 2017 had supported the PSE’s plans to augment its portfolio of products and services.

OBG’s editorial manager in the Philippines, Joachim Lantier, noted that the Philippine Stock Exchange reached record highs in 2017 and was poised for another strong year buoyed by rising levels of trading and liquidity and rapid growth in fixed income.

“I’m thrilled that we will benefit from the insight and analysis of its team in our 2018 report, which comes at a pivotal juncture in the development of the country’s capital market,” Lantier said.

The Report: The Philippines 2018 willmark the culmination of almost 12 months of field research by a team of analysts from Oxford Business Group. It will be a vital guide on the many facets of the country, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and other sectorial developments.

The report will contain a special chapter on regions featuring a wide-ranging roundtable focused on emerging cities. The publication will also contain contributions from leading representatives, including President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr., Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President Jin Liqun, Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and AirAsia Global CEO Tony Fernandes.

The Report: The Philippines 2018 will be co-produced with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Makati Business Club and the Management Association of the Philippines. Contributions will also be made by the PSE, P&A Grant Thornton and Villaraza & Angangco. It will be available in print and online.  

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