Assessment of the Governance Performance of the Regulatory Regime Governing Foreign Mining Investment in the Philippines
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This paper assesses the performance of the regulatory regime for foreign mining investment in the Philippines. Based on this, it outlines policy recommendations for the Philippine government, which, if implemented, are likely to improve the governance infrastructure in the sector and, in turn, reduce regulatory risk for foreign mining investors and attract more foreign investment. The main argument is that the poor performance of the governance structures in the Philippine mining sector is behind the high level of regulatory risk for foreign mining investment, and the low levels of foreign investment. After outlining the relevant theoretical frameworks essential for the assessment of the performance of the regime, the article maps the regulatory regime governing foreign mining investment in the Philippines by summarizing the major rules and regulations, institutions (rule-makers and regulators) and stakeholders in the Philippine mining industry. This is followed by the assessment of the performance of the regulatory regime for foreign mining investment. Finally, policy recommendations for improving governance infrastructure in the sector are outlined. This paper, unique in its subject area, may assist the Philippine government and possibly governments of other developing countries in improving governance infrastructure in their mining sectors and, thus, reduce the level of regulatory risk and increase the amount of foreign investment in the sector.
Minerals & Energy - Raw Materials Report
Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Minerals & Energy - Raw Materials Report, Vol. 23(3), 2008, pp. 127-143. Minerals & Energy - Raw Materials Report is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific