McKinsey & Company report: Reverse the Curse

McKinsey & Company report: Reverse the Curse


Maximizing the potential of resource driven economies


Manila, Philippines -- On 16 June, 2014, Asia Society Philippines in partnership with McKinsey & Company, and with the support of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), held a discussion on a recently released report by the McKinsey Global Institute, Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource driven economies.

The event featured a presentation by Dr. Fraser Thompson, the lead author of the report, followed by a panel discussion that contextualized the report’s findings to the Philippines.
Guest panelists included Mr. Benjamin Philip G. Romualdez, President of Chamber of Mines, Mr. Jocot de Dios, CEO of General Electric Philippines, Secretary Juan Romeo Nereus Acosta, Presidential Adviser of Environment Protection and Mr. Guillermo Luz, Private Sector Co-Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council. The discussion was moderated by AIM Professor Mario Antonio G. Lopez.

Dr. Thompson’s presentation addressed the key questions of how natural resource wealth can be translated into economic growth and long-term prosperity. He highlighted the paradoxical trend when resources become more of a burden than a blessing to several countries, and the value of those insights to the Philippines. Currently, the Philippines ranks as the 5th most mineralized country in the world, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

During the open forum, participants raised important questions regarding the role of the government in extractive industries and the role of business in society. Several participants noted that a common vision shared by the country, corporations and community was important for the Philippines to develop its mining sector in the longer term.

The forum was attended by more than 40 professionals from nearly 30 different organizations in the private sector, extractive industries, government and academia.


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Reported by Rina Laurel, Asia Society Philippines

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