Monday, February 06, 2006

An Invitation to Eagle Watch

From the Ateneo website - An Invitation to Eagle Watch: An Economic and Political Briefing:

Do the rosy headline statistics that highlight the financial bullishness reflect the true state of the economy? Is there a basis for the much-touted claim of an economic take-off? Do recent political developments arrest questions on the legitimacy of the present leadership?

The strong peso and the surging stock prices are meaningless if they do not positively affect the lives of the majority.Yet, government claims that an economic takeoff is imminent. And that the strong peso and surging stock prices are initial signs that we are headed towards that direction.

On the political front, the political stalemate among the political parties, the continuing question on the legitimacy of the present government, the major recommendations of the Concom are but some of the issues that also need to be understood.

These are the crucial questions and considerations that need answers and ample understanding if we are to make sound decisions economically and politically.

Thus, the Ateneo de Manila University, together with the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development (ACERD), Departments of Economics, Political Science, and the School of Government, brings Eagle Watch, an economic and political briefing this time on “The political impasse and the real-financial economy gap: Understanding the disconnect” on 8 February 2006, 8:30 a.m. -12 noon, at the Veritas Hall, 4th Floor Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell Center, Makati City.

Among the speakers who will help shed light on the aforementioned issues are Dr. Cielito F. Habito, professor at the Ateneo Economics Department and director of ACERD, who will speak on “Bullish markets, empty pockets: Challenges to the real economy;”

Fr. Jose Cecilio Magadia, S.J., associate professor at the Ateneo Political Science Department, with his talk “Completing the picture of chacha;” and Maritess Vitug, editor in chief of Newsbreak Magazine, who will give the talk “Armed and apolitical? A perspective of the Philippine military”.

The participation fee is PhP 2,500 per person, inclusive of lunch and briefing materials.

To register, please email or call Sai Sandoval at 4265661 or Guia Janson at 9297970. Please make checks payable to ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY (TIN 000-707-229).

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