Philippines Soars in Global Competitiveness
The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report just named the Philippines "most improved country overall," rising to 52 on the list. This is welcome news to the Philippines, which has been rocked by natural calamities, including Typhoon Yolanda. From Manila, Leandro Tan blogs: "The Philippines has risen 33 places since 2010; this helps change the image of the Philippines as the 'odd man out' in a dynamic ASEAN region." Also, Steven Rood remembers the Zamboanga siege in the southern Philippines and finds that, one year later, Zamboanga is critical to the success of any peace agreement. And finally, meet our Asia Foundation Development Fellows who gather in San Francisco next week for a special Development Forum. Read more.