November 16, 2017 / 2:26 AM / a year ago

Philippines government optimistic will meet 2017 growth target - minister

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said on Thursday the government is optimistic it will meet its economic growth target of 6.5-7.5 percent for this year.

The Philippine economy, one of the fastest growing in Asia, expanded by a quicker than forecast 6.9 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier.

“We are on track to meeting the full-year target range,” Pernia told a media briefing.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Writing by Manolo Serapio Jr.; Editing by Sam Holmes

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