Business Opportunities in the Philippines

International Trade

Market Overview

The Philippines is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with an economic growth of 6.8% in 2016, and a remarkably positive GDP growth trajectory over the past decade projected at 7% by 2018. It is the second largest market in ASEAN with 103 million people, the 36th largest economy in the world (by nominal GDP) and is forecasted to become the 19th largest economy by 2030. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently predicted the sustained growth momentum in the country. Key drivers of growth are services sectors (i.e. real estate, manufacturing and tourism), strong domestic consumption, high remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) amounting to $26 billion annually and recently, the increased public spending of the government.


Strategically located in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is an ideal market for doing business particularly for companies that are looking to set up a regional operation. Seeing infrastructure as the bedrock of the economic development, a huge opportunity lies within the infrastructure and construction sector. The government recently launched it ‘build, build, build’ campaign as it paves way towards the next six years’ “golden age infrastructure”. British companies are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. Other strong sectors include information and communication technology, food and beverage (F&B), agribusiness, real estate, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare.


The Philippines takes pride in its competitive wages and highly trainable, educated and English-proficient workforce, which heightens the ease of doing business. It has strong domestic consumption and a growing middle class with high appetite for imported brands/products. The government has a positive attitude on foreign investment/importation, with 2016 FDI inflows amounting to $8 billion. Services sector remains the main engine of economic growth catering to international companies through its young and dynamic human capital.

Business Support for British Companies

The British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) through the Overseas Business Network Initiative (OBNi) offers business support services to UK Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) keen on exporting or doing business in the Philippines. The OBNi team provides a wide range of cross-sector services such as market introduction to prospective clients or partners, market research/intelligence, sector analysis, business to business (B2B) and business to government (B2G) coordination and other bespoke services (i.e. Trade and Investment Mission, technology demonstration, product launch).

Learn more about the Philippine market and your sector of interest, by contacting BritCham Philippines; for a free, no obligation consultation.

Rona Diazin
Project Mnager
BritCham Philippines
p: +63 2 556 5232 ext. 301
Viber/Whats App: +63 916 7709 276
Read testimonials of UK clients here.


08 May 2017

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