Development

Vietnam's chairmanship of ASEAN

With Vietnam starting its chairmanship of the Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) this year, it is worth exploring ideas to reinvigorate and reenergize the bloc from a perspective of its citizens, specifically through the lens of its youth.Is the bloc capable of coming up with transformative and out of the box ideas that can match the aspirations of millions of youths living in Southeast Asia; offering them a vision, hope and a common platform to hone their skills for a shared prosperou

23 March 2020
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Better integration for ASEAN’s disabled

A 2019 report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) estimates that 15 percent of the global population is made up of persons with disability, which makes them one of the largest minority groups in the world. In Asia and Pacific this translates to 690 million people.

20 February 2020
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Upgrading Cambodia’s public service

It was recently reported that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) had launched an initiative to connect Cambodia’s public service sector digitally with that of other countries.

23 January 2020
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Tourism in Southeast Asia facing new threats

Tourism is a powerful tool for development. It represents 10 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) and provides 10 percent of jobs globally. The industry is also interlinked with every other sector in the economy.

19 December 2019
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How China can reach its centennial goal

Two years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that by the time the People’s Republic celebrates its centenary in 2049, it should be a “great modern socialist country” with an advanced economy. To achieve this ambitious goal, China will need to secure another three decades of strong economic performance and inclusive development. The question is how?The first step toward answering this question is to understand what has driven China’s past successes.

20 October 2019
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Yangon's boom falls short across river

On her scruffy, downtrodden bank of the river, teashop-owner Khin works just a few hundred metres across the muddy water from Yangon and dreams of the riches promised by a new bridge linking to Myanmar's commercial heart.

23 September 2019
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Singapore plans a subterranean future

Space-starved Singapore has expanded outwards by building into the sea and upwards by constructing high-rises but planners are now looking underground as they seek new areas for growth.The nation has carefully managed its rapid growth in recent decades to avoid the problems faced by other fast developing Asian metropolises, such as overcrowding and traffic chaos.But with its population of 5.6 million expected to grow steadily in coming years, authorities are now considering how to better use

4 September 2019
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Women, work, and India’s rickshaw revolution

When resources are limited, it is human capital that defines the sustainable development of a community, especially in the case of costly misallocation and underutilisation, as is often the case in developing countries.

25 December 2018
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Modern slavery’s invisible whip

On 9 November, Cambodia celebrated its Independence Day. But while most Cambodians were celebrating their freedom from the control of the French Protectorate of Cambodia, thousands of other unfortunate Cambodians are still working in brick kilns throughout the country. “Freedom” for these people is just an empty promise.A recent Blood Bricks research project has led to a photo exhibition exposing debt-bonded labour in the brick making industry.

12 November 2018
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Identifying threats to tourism

Tourism is a powerful tool for development. It represents 10 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) and provides 10 percent of jobs globally. The sector is also interlinked with every other sector in the economy.

8 November 2018
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Construction ahead for Vietnam

Vietnam is going through a transformative period. The economic reforms undertaken by the ruling Communist Party have transformed the country into one of the fastest growing economies in the world.This year in particular has seen the communist country’s business environment grow tremendously with over 26,000 new enterprises established.

28 September 2018
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