The AER Industrial Policy Team (AER IP Team) aims to contribute to the development of a policy agenda to address weaknesses in the country’s industrial outcomes. The objective of this initiative is to present an accurate and comprehensive picture of the state of industry and employment in the country, and what this means for people’s lives and future challenges. The AER IP Team believes that an industrial policy will play a crucial role in facilitating the upgrading and transformation of more productive sectors, in the process creating better quality jobs for Filipinos presently excluded from the narrow base of the country’s economic growth.
Through basic research and analysis, roundtable discussions and key informant interviews, the AER IP Team seeks to test specific ideas on industrial policy and gauge various groups’ openness to them. Overall, the team believes that a constituency for industrial policy can be developed, particularly within the labor sector and segments of industry that see broader and more integrated economic sectors as a means for industrial deepening and commercial growth. At the same time, the team seeks to constructively engage the Government’s Manufacturing Roadmap process, and sees the need to cultivate relations, exchange perspectives, and find common ground with the sections of government that may be open to Industrial Policy.