P&A hosts a business conference to tackle the ASEAN integrated market in 2015.
American Chambers' JOHN FORBES takes a historical view on economic integration, citing wars and even the ongoing euro crisis.
He adds, "the area where Philippines is not growing very rapidly is in investments."
He notes that in Rappler's interview w Predident Aquino last week, the country's leader talked about opening doors. "In the Philippines, there are many closed doors," referring to foreign investments.
He cites the case of aviation, specifically regulatory restrictions on 5th freedom rights, foreign ownership, among others.
Economist BERNARDO VILLEGAS shares that the ASEAN 2015 strategy allows us to go head-to-head with giants China and India.
How? "Focus in VIP countries - Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines. These highly-populated consumer-driven economy is entry into ASEAN."
BDO Unibank president NESTOR TAN shares that jobs are among unintended consequences of ASEAN 2015.
"There are clearly social consequences," he shares. "We saw advantages of economic integration in euro. The question is, Are we ready? In the case of BDO, probably not yet there."
MALCOM WARD, executive director of auditing firm Grant Thornton, is part of panel.
OLIVE COLLANTES-RAMOS, president of DHL Exel Supply Chain, joins the P&A forum panel. She talks about small and medium enterprises' opportunities in ASEAN 2015.