U.S. Chamber Releases Study on the Impact of Health and Wellness on the Global Economy

amcham update 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the ongoing work of the Global Initiative on Health and the Economy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released a new study, “Health and the Economy: The Impact of Wellness on Workforce Productivity in Global Markets,” which estimates the economic cost of productivity losses due to ill health around the world.The report is the first of its kind to examine productivity losses that arise from absenteeism, presenteeism, and early retirement.



Philippine Broadband: A Policy Brief

amcham directoryThis policy brief is about Philippine broadband service, its real and potential benefits, problems and challenges, and recommendations on how to address them. It is the result of independent research with inputs from a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders.

Philippine broadband penetration is limited, quality is poor, and access is expensive. It has one of the slowest average connection speeds in the Asia Pacific and is the costliest in the world. Major problems identified include the presence of barriers to entry, anti-competitive practices, inadequate infrastructure, weak and ineffective regulation, prohibitive bureaucratic requirements in infrastructure build-out, and the lack of interconnection. To address these binding constraints, some of the key recommendations include:

1. Adopting an open access model, where segments of the internet infrastructure will be opened up to more and different players both local and foreign
2. Updating and upgrading laws and policies, which includes amendments to the Public Telecommunications Policy Act and the enactment of the bill creating a Department of ICT
3. Leveling the playing field by promoting open and neutral internet exchange points (IXPs) and encouraging infrastructure sharing
4. Updating the country's ICT strategy and plan, including the development of a national broadband plan
5. Improving spectrum management
6. Ensuring and protecting the competitiveness of the telecommunications industry

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Bold Inclusive Reforms for Agribusiness for the Next Decade – A Policy Note

In early 2016, the American Chamber of Commerce with the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines (JFC) organized a roundtable of industry participants to review the state of the agriculture sector and offer bold solutions to guide its resurgence over the next decade. In addition, JFC members meet regularly with officials from the Government of the Philippines and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to discuss mutual areas of interest and public-private collaboration. Informed by these discussions, this agriculture brief reviews past performance of the sector since Arangkada launched in 2010; identifies remaining challenges; and outlines specific proposals to boost its economic prospects as a meaningful contributor of inclusive growth.

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AmCham Business Journal

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AmCham Directory

amcham directoryAn annual comprehensive listing of AmCham individual members and companies.

The Directory provides advertisers with a forum for constant, year-long exposure through its use by members as a valuable business reference publication.

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(Additional copies are available to members and advertisers – P3,000)