The AIM Washington SyCip Policy Forum was established in 1996 after AIM’s founding chairman, Mr. Washington SyCip. Known then as “The Forum”, it provided venues to discuss issues that concern multiple stakeholders.
The Forum established itself in the area of competitiveness research and advocacy in the Philippines through the following programs:
Global Competitiveness Program (GCP)
Since 1997, under this Program, the Forum became the Partner Institute of the Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD) for IMD’s annual country-competitiveness survey and ranking, the World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY). The Forum gathered hard and survey data that was used for ranking the Philippines’ global competitiveness. To promote the competitiveness of Philippine industries, the Philippine economy, as well as other Asian economies, the Forum held yearly State of Philippine Competitiveness (SPC) conferences where various stakeholders analyzed the results of the WCY, monitored global trends and performance of particular sectors, identified drivers and bottlenecks to national and industry competitiveness, as well as provided policy solutions to specific industry problems.
Under this Program, the Center established the Fidel V. Ramos Chair (FVR Chair) that focused on studies and advocacies on global competitiveness and people empowerment for Philippine development.
City Competitiveness Forum (CCF)
In 1999, under the City Competitiveness Forum (CCF), the Forum launched the Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project (PCCRP) that measured and ranked the competitiveness of selected Philippine cities. The PCCRP results served as a benchmark for local chief executives and city planners in development planning.
Young CEO Forum
The Young CEO Forum provided a venue for young leaders from the private sector and the NGO community to discuss key competitiveness issues with government. The four programs under it were: Financing Education, Manpower Planning, Labor Productivity and Housing Finance.
Infrastructure Governance and Regulatory Network Program
The Infrastructure Policy Program was established to encourage private sector participation in the provision of power, telecommunications, water and transportation. The Science, Technology and Connectivity (STC) Project was established under this program, The idea for the STC project started when APC became a member of the National Innovation Network (also dubbed the Filipinnovation Network). This network was responsible for launching the National Innovation Strategy in 2007. The strategy served as the overarching roadmap in creating a better environment for innovation and competitiveness in the country. The STC Project complemented the strategy through an institutionalized system of support for Filipino innovation such as seminars on intellectual property rights, marketing strategies, and inventors-investors fora.