World leaders look for progress on North Korea

North Korea and Iran will dominate this week's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations (UN), where President Donald Trump will be in the spotlight as he continues to upend global diplomacy.After warming up to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and ditching the Iran nuclear deal, the…

VP contender hits out at Jokowi's rupiah policy

Indonesia’s upcoming election will be fought on the economy and jobs, with the country’s ailing currency set to be a key issue, vice president candidate Sandiaga Uno said in his first interview with foreign media since joining the race.As Indonesia gears up for a long presidential campaign that…

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61

Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, a former police chief known as a tough politician and committed communist with little tolerance for dissent, died Friday at age 61 after a serious illness, state media reported.His death is not likely to dramatically alter politics in a country where the powerful…

Trade war and tech dominates Summer Davos

After three days of meetings and forums, this year’s 12th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, also known as Summer Davos in Asia came to an end yesterday. Held in the northern Chinese city Tianjin, this year’s Summer Davos carried the theme of “Shaping Innovative Societies in the Fourth Industrial…



The cost of cooling down

Southeast Asia’s electricity consumption has been rising at an annual rate of 7.5 percent from 155.3 terawatt hours (TWh) in 1990 to 821.1 TWh in 2013, according to a white paper…

Electricity sector a hotbed for investment

Southeast Asia is a growing region with countries here averaging growth rates of 5.1 percent. This situation has rightly prompted a rise in energy demand within the region.…

Water stress giving renewables a bad name

The renewable energy sector in Southeast Asia has progressed by leaps and bounds. From the harnessing of biomass to the use of water in generating electricity, there is room for…



Singapore’s 4.0 challenge

While Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, presents a great many challenges to less developed frontier economies like Cambodia and Lao PDR, more developed countries in the…

The future of ASEAN financial services

Ever since the financial crisis of 1997 swept Asia, many observers felt that some of the affected countries would never fully recover. Southeast Asia was among the victims of the crisis, which…

Can tourism boost Lao’s economy?

Last July, Lao witnessed a catastrophe when the Xe-Pian Xe Namnoy dam located on the Xe Kong River in the Bolaven plateau collapsed following heavy monsoon rains. More than 6,000 people were made…

China is firewall in emerging currency crisis

China is the last bulwark against a deep crisis in emerging economies going fully global, analysts say, although a prolonged trade war could sap Beijing's defences.Emerging countries - loosely…

Innovating to survive in retail

The Electronic Transactions Development Agency’s (ETDA) latest report has revealed that the market value of business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce in Thailand ranked the highest in Southeast Asia at…



Philippines feels the heat from hackers

Among all ASEAN member countries, the Philippines is said to be the most susceptible to cyberattacks. Despite the dire warnings, the republic’s media and entertainment…

Deep tech in Southeast Asia

Technology today is widely associated with the digital realm - computers, the internet, mobile device, and smartphones, - just to name a few, which has seen the…

Smart City Spotlight: Danang

The coastal city of Danang in Vietnam, is famed for its white sandy beaches and idyllic resorts and is Vietnam’s fifth largest city. Home to more than a million…



Weather beating for rice production

It seems like there is either too much or too little water in the Southeast Asian region. The last three months have seen heavy seasonal rain and flooding across Myanmar, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines, exacerbated by tropical storms Son-Tinh, Ampil, Joe, and, more recently, super typhoon Mangkhut. This has resulted in deadly consequences, including triggering dam failures in Lao PDR’s Champasak and Myanmar’s Swar creek. Indonesia has not been spared, but its problem is with too…

Too young to be a mother

Every year, an estimated 21 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 years, as well as two million girls under the age of 15, become pregnant in developing countries. While the global adolescent birth rate has declined from 65 births for every 1,000 women in 1990, to 44 births per 1,000 women in 2018, the absolute number is still increasing and expected to continue growing due to the rising number of young people.In the Southeast Asian region, the average adolescent birth rate in 2018 is 37.…

Food price and import in the wake of Mangkhut

As it barrelled down its path, the super typhoon Mangkhut left a trail of death and destruction in its wake. Mangkhut, the most powerful tropical storm of the year to date, continued to wreak havoc on Southern China’s Guangdong and Guangxi, killing four, after first making landfall in the Philippines and Hong Kong. More than three million people had been moved to safety in preparation for the typhoon in China, which made landfall in Guangdong, late Sunday afternoon. The super typhoon is…

Developing an appetite for whale conservation

Recent images of the Faroe Islands’ pilot whale hunt have again sparked renewed anger from conservationists and animal activists from around the world. Taken at the bay of Sandavágur on the western island of Vágar, the images showed dozens of pilot whales herded into the bay where they were killed, turning the sea red with the blood of the whales. Conservationists and animal activists described the hunt as the action of archaic people, with no respect and empathy, and not driven by necessity.…

Real Estate

Real Estate

Singapore sticks a pin before property bubble forms

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has introduced strong measures to dampen “euphoria” in the property market.

Singapore tightens property curbs

The property stocks index dropped 1.4 percent and is set for the lowest close in 15 months.

Ho Chi Minh City: Property paradise for ASEAN

Ho Chi Minh City’s real estate landscape showcases a real estate market in near-perfect balance.

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…


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Hanoi, Vietnam

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