Geopolitics

Geopolitics

China firms up ties with Myanmar

China’s emergence as a global player and its generous foreign aid to Southeast Asian countries often leads to claims that its true actions are disguised and really a means to expand its power and influence throughout the region. However, Myanmar has adeptly managed its relations with the Asian…

Can China’s militarisation of the South China Sea lead to armed conflict?

The rivalry between China and the United States seems to be heating up – this time outside of the economic sphere. Just a couple of months after President Trump’s speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos where he called out China on their alleged unfair trade practices, US admiral Harry Harris…

Arms trade fuels Russia’s inroads into Southeast Asia

The bedrock of Russia’s relations with Southeast Asian countries is the sale of its arms. According to a Chatham House report in 2017, Russia exports 43.1 percent of its weapons to Asia and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states are key recipients of these arms. Even for…

The Philippines and China are working to overcome South China Sea issues

In recent times, China has been strengthening its relations with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states. The two parties have agreed on a series of new initiatives to grow bilateral ties and towards the later part of this year, are expected to hold their first joint naval…

Energy

Energy

Overcoming barriers in renewable energy financing for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has abundant energy resources but is generally slow to diversify its energy mix to include renewable energy (RE) sources, according to the ‘Renewable Energy Market…

Renewable energy and its impact on rural health

Renewable energy is set to change the landscape of Southeast Asia. The goal is to ensure 23 percent of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) primary energy mix is…

Increasing LNG demand in Southeast Asia pushes LNG infrastructure development

Natural gas has made up 40% of ASEAN electricity generation since 2000, according to the Southeast Asia Energy Outlook report 2017. Now, this volume of natural gas demand is set…

Markets

Market

Effects of “America First” on the solar industry

Donald Trump’s inherently protectionist “America First” policy is a far cry from what many have grown to perceive the United States in the international arena – as a bastion of free trade. But with…

Overseas remittances remain crucial to Philippine economy

Overseas remittances contributed US$31.29 billion to the Philippine economy last year, according to data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in February 2018. Even with the recent…

Thailand’s electric vehicle dreams

The adoption of electric vehicles (EV) by Southeast Asian policymakers has rapidly accelerated over the past few months. There is now a race between the bigger players in the region such as Thailand…

Need for regulation grows in tandem with e-payments push in Southeast Asia

The current push towards electronic payments in Southeast Asia also increases the need for government regulation and consolidated systems to facilitate the smoothness and security of transactions.The…

Brunei needs to move away from dependency on oil

Southeast Asia has been touted as one of the world’s fastest growing regions. Bloomberg reported last year that Southeast Asia has a population of 620 million people and an economy worth US$2.6…

Technology

Technology

Go-Jek prepared to further dominate Indonesia

The competition between ride-hailing apps in the region could slowly become a one horse-race as the tech world has been rocked with rumours of Uber exiting the region.…

Agricultural apps ploughing the way for farmers in Myanmar

According to the World Bank, the Asian region supports the food demands of 60 percent of the global population by using just 23 percent of the world’s agricultural land…

Digitalising healthcare in Southeast Asia

The healthcare industry is unique. Unlike specific sectors which can be completely disrupted by automation or technology, the healthcare industry is a shining example of…

Environment

Environment

Animal cruelty rife in tourism industry

One of the best things about Southeast Asia is that it’s home to lush, green rainforests and extremely diverse wildlife. This is probably one of the many reasons why – according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – over one hundred million tourists flocked to the region in 2016. However, as more and more tourists arrive, opportunists are taking advantage of this growth to prop up shady businesses that seek to cash in on the growing demand for wildlife tourism. Even worse, some of…

Mount Mayon erupts in the Philippines

The recent Mount Mayon eruption is the 52nd eruption to date since 1661. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level to four on a scale of five on Tuesday, indicating that a hazardous eruption could take place at any moment. It also raised the danger zone radius from seven to eight km of the volcano’s crater. Mount Mayon entered a new eruptive phase on 13 January, according to PHIVOLCS, which uses a range of techniques such as visual observations…

Lava fountains shoot from Philippine volcano

Intense lava fountains shot like fireworks up to 700 metres (2,300 feet) into the air above Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, on Tuesday as showering debris turned morning skies dark and spread fear among anxious residents.   More than 40,000 people have already fled since smoke and ash started spewing from the mountain, with scientists warning of the danger of an explosive eruption and authorities urging people not to be complacent.   Mayon shot out a five-kilometre-high (…

Southeast Asia’s lakes need saving before it’s too late

Indonesia is home to 521 natural lakes and about 100 reservoirs, covering an area of approximately 21,000 km². The total volume of water held across the country is approximately 500 km³. The largest lake, by both area and volume, is Lake Toba in Sumatra. It holds about 240 km³ of freshwater, and is the largest lake body in Southeast Asia.Lake Toba is an immense volcanic lake covering an area of 1,707 km², making it even bigger than Singapore. In fact, Lake Toba is so big that it even has its…

Real Estate

Real Estate

Singapore sustains comeback in home sales with gains in December

Singapore sustained a comeback in home sales in December.

Property tax reforms in Myanmar could kickstart infrastructure development

Myanmar has a notoriously low residential property taxes rate, accounting for just 7.5% of GDP, compared to the 13-14% its neighbours, Laos and…

Li Ka-shing predicts strong demand for Hong Kong property

Home prices in Hong Kong rose about 14 percent last year even after the government pushed through new taxes and mortgage curbs.

Singapore property bulls ignore Central bank's warning into 2018

Property companies such as City Developments and UOL Group Ltd. are among the top performers in Singapore in 2017, with developers collectively on…

Manila gridlock spurs dormitory demand in the Philippines

Ayala Land is investing three billion pesos (58 million dollars) building five dormitories on four sites in the Makati and Taguig business districts.

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The ASEAN Women of Tomorrow Conference 2017

Event Date
11/23/2017
Event Location
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa (23 Nov) & Tanarimba, Janda Baik (24 Nov)
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