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Regulation and governance in the Philippines

20th October 2017

The Philippines has undergone rapid policy change from the 1990s until today.

The push for privatization and liberalization in the Philippines prompted an explosion of policy interventions, but these have not been coherent and effective.

In this two-day conference - Regulation and Governance in the Philippines - expert panels will discuss existing barriers and burdens affecting major industries critical for sustaining growth in the Philippines.

Speakers will compare various policy approaches, including experiences from other countries, to assist in developing a coherent and effective regulatory framework that is relevant to the needs and context of the Philippines, its regulators, institutions, and the broader public.

The conference is also an opportunity to discuss the Duterte administration’s economic agenda and other pressing political issues that may impact on the economic prospects for the Philippines in 2017 and beyond.

The event aims to foster research collaboration between Philippine and Australian institutions and to produce policy-engaged research on salient economic, trade, political and governance challenges in the Philippines.

The conference is the result of close collaboration between the ANU Philippines Project (hosted by the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, a non-profit initiative of the Philippines government.

Dr Imelda Deinla, Director of the ANU Philippines Project, said:

“The recent change of administration provides an opportunity for rethinking regulation and governance in the Philippines.”

“The Manila Conference 2017 will explore the current state of regulation in the Philippines and what role regulation will play in relation to the country’s economic and political development.”

“This conference is an opportunity to discuss a range of political developments such as rule of law and justice issues that may impact on the country’s institutions of governance and accountability.”

“It is important to consider the role of international and regional standards in reshaping rules and practices and in fostering a culture of responsive regulation in the Philippines.”

Dr Deinla recently published an opinion piece in The Diplomat exploring Australia’s stake in Philippine chaos with Rory MacNeil.

Professor Sharon Friel, Director of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), ANU, said:

“This conference presents a crucial opportunity to collaborate on developing a coherent and effective regulatory framework for the Philippines.”

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet