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Top 2 most competitive city in the world

Singapore is in the Top 2 most competitive city in the world.
Source: Global Competitiveness Report 2014
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World’s easiest place to do business.

Singapore is the world’s easiest place to do business. The ease of setting up a company in Singapore is a clear advantage.
Source: Doing Business Report 2014
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Largest Producer of Palm Oil

Malaysia is one of the largest producers and exporters of palm oil in the world, accounting for 11% of the world’s oils & fats production.
Source: CIMB Research and Bursa Malaysia Data
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Global Leader in the Issuance of Sukuk

ASEAN leads the way as the global leader in the issuance of Sukuk (Islamic bonds), dominating this sector with 74% of the world’s Sukuk issued.
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit 2014
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100 Million Internet Users by 2016

Indonesia has 282 million mobile subscriptions and is expected to have 100 million internet users by 2016
Source: McKinsey & Company, Understanding ASEAN: Seven things you need to know
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The ASEAN Expansion of International Retail Brands

6 out of the top 10 countries where international retailers intended to open stores in 2014 are in ASEAN
Source: CBRE Group Research
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Positive Goods Trade Balance

Goods imports declined by 3.8 percent Y.O.Y in the third quarter of 2014, driving the return to a positive goods trade balance.
Source: World Bank Report
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Best business environment in the world

Singapore is ranked as having the best business environment in the world.
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit, Country Forecasts Report in 2014
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Electronics Sector on the Rise

High quantities of the world’s consumer electronics like televisions, radios, computers and cellular phones come from the ASEAN region. More than 80% of the world’s hard drives are made in ASEAN.
Source: Invest in ASEAN
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Southeast Asia’s second largest economy

Thailand is Southeast Asia’s second largest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of around USD 385 billion in 2013.
Source: Thailandtoday
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Lucrative Capital Market

Indonesia’s lucrative capital market index achieved 17.8 percent growth YTD December 2014; fourth place after China and India.
Source: ASEAN Business News
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Household Income Going Up

ASEAN as a region will be the world’s 3rd largest with household income of US$10,000 or more in 2018
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit 2014
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18th Easiest Country to do Business

Thailand is ranked the 18th easiest country in the world (and fifth-ranked country in Southeast Asia) in which to do business.
Source: Thailand Board of Investment
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Emerging and Important Electronics Exporter

Vietnam has emerged as an important electronics exporter, with E&E products overtaking coffee, textiles and rice to become the country’s top export item in 2012, as well as capturing a six percent share of the computer and telecom equipment market
Source: Asean Briefing
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High Literacy Rate

Vietnamese revere education, to the extent that the literacy rate is 93.4%.
Source: CIA World Fact Book
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Foreign Trade Increase

Total foreign trade amounted to US$119.11 billion in 2013 from US$81.53 billion in 2009.
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority
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FDI from its East Asian neighbours

Vietnam’s success in attracting FDI from its East Asian neighbours accounted for over 70 per cent of Vietnam’s FDI inflows.
Source: East Asia Forum
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Low Cost Carrier Seat Capacity Growth

Low-cost carriers from ASEAN members accounted for more than half of global low-cost carrier seat capacity growth in the first half of 2013.
Source: Amadeus, October, 2013
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Debt-to-GDP Ratio of less than 25%

The government promotes fiscally conservative policies, resulting in a debt-to-GDP ratio of less than 25% and low rates of inflation.
Source: CIA,The World Factbook
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The Largest Cargo Airport in the World

The Changi Airport in Singapore is the largest cargo airport in the world. It handles 2 million tonnes of cargo annually, services 6,500 weekly flights, and connects 240 cities in 60 countries
Source: Invest in ASEAN
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Major regional players

Malaysian companies are major regional players in plantations, oil and gas, telecommunications, property, manufacturing and banking.
Source: Bursa Malaysia Invest Malaysia Story House
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Low Unemployment Rate

Thailand’s unemployment, at less than 1% of the labor force, stands as one of the lowest levels in the world.
Source: The World Fact Book
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Most Improved Country

The Philippines was declared the most improved country, having jumped 33 notches to the 52nd spot from 85th in 2010.
Source: WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015
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Top 3 in the world for foreign trade and investment

Singapore is Asia’s most network-ready country with the widest telecommunications networks in the region.
Source: WEF - The Global Information Technology Report 2014
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3rd Best Emerging Market

    Malaysia is the 3rd Best Emerging Market in the World
Source: Bloomberg
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Indonesia's Credit Rating, Investment Grade

Fitch and Moody's upgraded Indonesia's credit rating to investment grade in December 2011.
Source: CIA,The World Factbook
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Best country in Business English Profiency

The Philippines was named the world's best country in business English profiency in 2012.
Source: Annual Business English Index (BEI)
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World’s Largest Exporter of Rice

Rice is the staple food throughout ASEAN. And Thailand has become the world’s largest exporter of this most essential crop.
Source: Thai Rice Exporter's Association
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Increase of Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to GDP is between 3-3.5% in 2010-2014 except in 2011, which was hit by flood, the rate decreased to 1.1%.
Source: CEIC, A Euromoney Institutional Investor Company
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Textile - one of the Largest Export Products from ASEAN

In the first quarter of 2013, Vietnam’s garments and textiles exports have reached US$ 3.7 billion or a year-on-year rise of 18.3%
Source: Invest in ASEAN
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The Auto Industry in ASEAN shows Strong Growth

Combined motor vehicle sales in six major ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore) reached an all time high of 3.5 million units in 2012, almost double of sales figures in 2007 which is 1.9 million units
Source: Invest in ASEAN
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BBB Stable Rating

The Philippines was given investment grade status simultaneously in 2013 and 2014, the highest of which was the BBB stable rating received from Standard & Poor's on May 8, 2014.
Source: The Official Gazette, Republic of the Philippines
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A Nation of Motorbikes

Vietnam has 37 million motorbikes and two million cars in use.
Source: Vietnam News Agency
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Gross International Reserves

Gross international reserves grew by 79.8% to US$79.54 billion in 2014 from US$44.24 billion six years ago.
Source: The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
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Mobile Penetration Rate

Mobile penetration rates in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia went from less than 5% to more than 70% in less than a decade
Source: McKinsey & Company, Understanding ASEAN: Seven things you need to know
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6th in the World for the Lowest Level of Unemployment

Despite a population that numbers 90 million, Vietnam ranks 6th in the world for the lowest level of unemployment – a mere 1.3%.
Source: CIA World Fact Book
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The Rapid Connection of 600 Million People

Five ASEAN countries rank among the world's 50 most connected nations
Source: Comtrade: IHS, World Trade Organization: Telegeography: World Bank: McKinsey Global Institute analysis
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Number Two for Pay and Productivity

Malaysia ranks number two in the world for pay and productivity.
Source: WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015
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A Quarter of Global Fish Production

Of the world’s top ten largest fish producers, four are from ASEAN - Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and The Philippines
Source: Invest in ASEAN
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Thriving Manufacturing Sector

Thailand has a thriving manufacturing sector, including the manufacture of high-technology products such as integrated circuits, contributes significantly to export-led growth.
Source: 2012 Index of Economic Freedom
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No.1 Global Logistics Hub

No.1 global logistics hub in 2012 Logistics Performance Index
Source: Singapore Economic Development Board
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Largest Institutional Investor Base

Singapore is the wealth management hub of Asia with largest institutional investor base - US$2.1 trillion assets under management
Source: International Enterprise Singapore.
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Highest Market Cap-to-GDP ratio

Malaysia has the highest Market Cap-to-GDP ratio among the ASEAN peers.
Source: World Bank Market capitalisation of listed companies (% of GDP)
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A Boom in the Trade of Medical Devices

ASEAN’s medical device market, which was worth about US$4.6 billion in 2013, is expected to double to US$9 billion by 2019
Source: Pacific Bridge Medical.
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Biggest Automotive Market

ASEAN is forcasted to become the 6th biggest automotive market globally by 2018
Source: Frost & Sullivan
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2nd Largest Exporter of Rice and Coffee

Vietnam is the largest exporter of cashews in the world, and is the world’s 2nd largest exporter of rice and coffee.
Source: CIA World Fact Book
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Partner in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

Vietnam became an official negotiating partner in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in 2010.
Source: CIA World Fact Book
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High Smartphone Penetration

Singapore has the fourth highest smartphone penetration in the world and 73 percent of its population online and is the most mobile payment ready member state, followed by The Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.
Source: McKinsey & Company, Understanding ASEAN: Seven things you need to know
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Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization

Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization in January 2007, which has promoted more competitive, export-driven industries.
Source: CIA World Fact Book
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GDP per Capita Growth

GDP per capita has grown to US$2,765 in 2013 from US$1,832 in 2009.
Source: The World Bank
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6th for Ease of Doing Business

Malaysia is ranked 6th for Ease of Doing Business, making the country one of the world’s most conducive locations for business
Source: World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report 2014
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12th most Competitive Nation

Malaysia is ranked 12th Most Competitive Nation in the world.
Source: IMD
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2nd Largest Population in Southeast Asia

The Philippines has the 13th largest population in the world, and second among Southeast Asian nations.
Source: CIA, World Fact Book
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A Big Player in the 10-member AEC

Indonesia makes up 35% of the region’s USD 2.1 trillion economy and is the biggest player in the 10-member AEC.
Source: ASEAN Business News
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Marketplace for global sukuk issuance

Malaysia is a key marketplace for global sukuk issuance with 66% of total new issuances of USD76.7billion for the year 2014.
Source: MIFC (KFH Research Limited)
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Indonesia Contributes 40% of the Region's GDP

Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy and most populous nation contributes about 40% of the region’s GDP.
Source: Indonesia-Investments
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Leading Centre of Global Islamic Finance

Malaysia ranks 4th in the financial market development pillar, which reflects its efforts to position itself as the leading centre of global Islamic finance.
Source: WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015
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Vehicle Sales

The 5th largest single marketplace for vehicle sales in the world is ASEAN.
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit 2014
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A Big Producer of Cars, Trucks & Buses

In 2013, ASEAN became the world’s seventh largest producer of cars, trucks and buses – an increase over the previous year of 4.99%.
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit 2014
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2nd Biggest Supplier of Clothes

Vietnam is the 2nd biggest supplier of clothes to the USA.
Source: BBC Country Profile
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Global Maritime and Logistics Hub

World’s largest bunker and transhipment port, 2nd largest container port and 3rd largest petrochemical refiner
Source: Singapore Economic Development Board
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ASEAN - Large Producer of Commodities

90% of the world’s crude palm oil, 70% of all natural rubber, and a quarter of the world’s rice is grown in the region.
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit 2014
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Asia’s Largest Foreign Exchange Trading Hub

Singapore is Asia’s largest foreign exchange trading hub - US$383 billion average daily volume
Source: PR Newswire
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Low & Steady Rate of Inflation

Average inflation rate decelerated to 4.1% in 2014 from 4.6% in 2011.
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority
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Debt to GDP Ratio

   Debt to GDP ratio stood at 39.2% in 2013 from a peak of 68.1% in 2003.
Source: Department of Finance Philippines
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Rising Trend of Equities and Bond Prices

Equity and bond prices have been on a rising trend in the fourth quarter, lifting the Jakarta Composite Index of equities by 19.4%
Source: World Bank Report
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Best Leisure Destination and Business City

Bangkok is awarded as “Best Leisure Destination in Asia-Pacific” and ranked second for its “Best Business City in Southeast Asia”.
Source: 2013 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Travel Awards
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One of the Largest Electronics Assembly Bases in Southeast Asia

A world leader in production of hard drives, integrated circuits, and semiconductors, Thailand is also ASEAN’s largest production base in the electrical appliances sector, the world’s second largest producer of air-conditioning units, and is the fourth largest for refrigerators
Source: Invest in ASEAN
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World’s Top 5 Food Producers

Agriculture has been the traditional backbone of Thailand’s economy and one of the world’s top 5 food producers.
Source: Encyclopedia of the Nations
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Foreign Ownership

ASEAN has registered considerable progress in loosening the restrictions on foreign ownership of companies in the financial services sector, with 75% ownership now possible with minimal red tape.
Source: McKinsey Global Institute Analysis
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A Major Global Electronic Manufacturing Services Hub

From four companies in 1970, Malaysia’s electronic and electric industry today has expanded to more than 1,695 companies with total investment of around US$ 35.5 billion and a workforce of more than 600,000 people
Source: Invest in ASEAN
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4th for Investor Protection

Malaysia is the world’s 4th for Investor Protection among 189 countries.
Source: WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2013 – 14
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Indonesia Outperforms its Regional Neighbours

Indonesia outperformed its regional neighbors during the global financial crisis and joined China and India as the only G20 members posting growth.
Source: CIA,The World Factbook
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Medical Tourism becoming a Niche Sector in ASEAN

Thailand’s health tourism is worth about US$ 2 billion and receives 40% of medical tourist arrivals in Asia
Source: Invest in ASEAN
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Trading Centre for Commodities

Home to 400 global trading companies with 100 top global traders headquarters. Asia Pacific headquarters to >1/3 of Fortune 500 companies
Source: Singapore Exchange
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Thailand's Automobile Industry

Thailand has been dubbed “Detroit of the East.”1 The country’s plants turned out some 2.5 million cars in 2013, and more than a million vehicles were exported in 2012 and in 2013.2
Source: 1. The Economist, 2013. 2. Thailand Board of Investment
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Largest Producer of Palm Oil

Indonesia is the largest producer of palm oil at 33,500,000 metric ton.
Source: Index Mundi
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Rich Reserves of Oil and Natural Gas

With 5.5 trillion cubic metres of natural gas reserves and a 6.40% increase in production, ASEAN is now ranked the third largest producer in the world.
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit 2014
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No. 1 Logistics Hub

Singapore is ranked as the No. 1 logistics hub among 155 countries globally. Singapore scored 4.13 in the Logistics Performance Indicator (LPI) 2012, which uses a 1-to-5 scale (5 as the highest) in rating countries’ logistics
Source: World Bank
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Tourism - a Key Growth Sector in ASEAN

In 2012, ASEAN was the fastest growing destination-region in the world, followed by South Asia
Source: Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
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Vietnam Exports Increase

In 2013, exports from Vietnam increased by more than 12%, year-on-year.
Source: CIA World Fact Book
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World's Second Largest Facebook Users

ASEAN is the world's second-largest community of Facebook users, behind only United States
Source: McKinsey & Company, Understanding ASEAN: Seven things you need to know
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Indonesia to Grow by 5.2% in 2015

Indonesia to grow by 5.2 % in 2015. Indonesia’s resilient private consumption base continues to shore up domestic demand and growth.
Source: World Bank Report
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Large Domestic Consumer Market

The country of 66 million people is characterized by large domestic consumer market, strong exports of goods and service.
Source: Thailand Board of Investment
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ASEAN is one of the most Productive Agricultural Sectors in the World

Rice production in 2015 is forecast to increase by 3% to 132.87 million tons and exports to 18.28 million tons
Source: Invest in ASEAN
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The Travelling Consumer

ASEAN is the world’s 3rd largest in number of flights, domestically and internationally. 50% of arrivals in ASEAN countries are from other ASEAN countries.
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit 2014
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8th Fashion Capital in the World

Singapore is ranked as the 8th fashion capital in the world, and 2nd in Asia, next only to Hong Kong
Source: Global Language Monitor
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A Growing Labour Force

Poverty has declined significantly and Vietnam is working to create jobs to meet the challenge of a labour force that is growing by more than one million people every year.
Source: CIA World Fact Book
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Third Largest Recipient of Remittances

The Philippines is the third largest recipient of remittances at US$25 billion in 2013, trailing India and China with US$70 billion and US$60 billion, respectively.
Source: World Bank Migration & Development Brief 22
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No.1 city with best investment potential & destination

Singapore is the No. 1 city with the best investment potential and destination.
Source: Beri Report 2014
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