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With a population of about 100 million people, the Philippines, which comprises more than 7,000 islands, is the 12th most populous country in the world. An additional 12 million Filipinos live overseas, representing one of the world’s largest diasporas. Economic transformation efforts have been effective over the last decade, and the country enjoyed macroeconomic stability, robust economic growth, a solid external financial position, moderate fiscal deficits and declining government debt-to-GDP ratios. The Philippines have been hard hit by the Covid-19 crisis. However, real GDP is projected to continue to grow strongly in the medium term (above 6%), supported by domestic demand. New challenges have emerged, as the external environment has become less growth-supportive, and overheating risks have emerged as the current account deficit continues to widen and credit growth remains strong - although from a low base. In addition, poverty and inequality challenges remain.