INAASAHAN ng Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) ang pagpasok sa bansa ng mas maraming investments mula sa South Korea kasunod ng paglagda sa Philippines-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
“We are seeing an increasing trend with more South Korean investments coming into the country. Last year, we approved a total of P1.019 billion investments from South Korean projects and for our performance this year, we already generated a total of P1.413 billion investments from South Korea,” wika ni PEZA director general Tereso Panga.
“We are looking forward to welcoming more investments from them, especially from industries unique to the country,” sabi pa ni Panga.
Ang kasunduan ay nilagdaan sa sidelines ng 43rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits sa Jakarta, Indonesia kamakailan.
Naunang sinabi ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) na sa ilalim ng trade deal ay hindi papatawan ng taripa ang top agricultural exports ng Pilipinas sa South Korea tulad ng mga saging at as bananas and processed pineapples.
Dahil dito, sinabi ni Panga na, “with South Korea’s status as the 10th largest GDP (gross domestic product) in the world and second most technologically advanced nation (next to Germany), the Philippines stands to benefit from this FTA which opens more opportunities for investors, in- creased market access, FDI inflows, higher value-added production and export diversification combined with deeper economic cooperation and innovation partnership.”
Hanggang June 2023, iniulat ng PEZA ang kabuuang 246 registered projects mula sa South Korea na nagresulta sa P92.190-billion investments, $736.454-million exports, at 40,688 trabaho.