Alfredo M. Yao, newly-elected president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), outlined the work program of PCCI for 2014-2015, which will focus on enabling Philippine companies to maximize benefits from the business opportunities created by a global economy.
, who chairs Zest-O and the Philippine Business Bank
and founder of Zest Air
(now AirAsia Zest), said that the work program will focus on reducing the cost of doing business, ensuring a competitive fiscal regime, aligning human resource development with industry and international standards, promoting SME and business development, improving agriculture productivity and promoting a robust legal framework for investments.
strategy for achieving these, Yao
will be closely engaging government and other development partners and stakeholders in our advocacies, projects and services aimed at increasing competitiveness, economic expansion, and jobs creation through quality investments and strong, diverse, economically viable industries and enterprises."
To ensure a more cohesive approach in carrying out its programmes, Yao
corporate members, industry associations, business councils and nationwide local chambers to get involved in PCCI's
sectoral committees led by the PCCI
said their efforts to reduce the cost of doing business involves streamlining of business permits and licenses, improvements of transaction costs and flows through the National Single Window and Philippine business registry, and institutionalization of a strong investors' assistance office coordinated with government agencies and local government units.