Geopolitics

Geopolitics

China's Belt and Road tempts states

China's massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) building push may create debt risks but is also responding to major infrastructure gaps in Asia and could boost global trade, World Bank officials say.The relatively upbeat assessment of a sometimes-controversial programme comes despite the debt crisis…

Seeds of next global financial crisis being sown

Rising United States (US) interest rates, tanking emerging market currencies and a bitter US-China trade spat could push the world towards its next financial crisis but there is still time to avert disaster, global finance chiefs have said.The world economy is still growing but faces an "…

Malaysia's Anwar returns to politics

Anwar Ibrahim won an overwhelming mandate in a parliamentary by-election Saturday, setting the stage for his return to frontline Malaysian politics and sealing the once-jailed opposition figure's remarkable resurrection.Winning the seat was a key requirement for Anwar to succeed 93-year-old Prime…

Nepotism in Hun Sen’s Cambodia

Political science recognises a phenomenon known as family dictatorship in which – as its name suggests - political power passes within the dictator’s family. Although reminiscent of medieval times where kings, sultans and pharaohs based their authority on divine right, family dictatorship is not…

Energy

Energy

Philippines revs up green energy engine

Deep below the ancient volcanoes scattered around the Philippines sits a simmering stockpile of intense heat that officials hope will help revive the nation's sputtering green…

Transitioning ASEAN to renewables

Recently, the United Nation’s (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report which warns that the world could face an imminent climate change crisis if…

Hydropower: Giving more than a dam

At the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi last month, Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of Lao PDR acknowledged the recent devastation caused by a hydroelectric dam failure…

Markets

Market

Progressive taxation: Lessons from Denmark

Last week, international non-profit groups Development Finance International (DFI) and Oxfam published a report ranking governments around the world based on their efforts in tackling the gap between…

Futureproofing ASEAN’s labour market

Policymakers are often faced with the challenging task of improving labour markets in order to keep unemployment levels low and productivity high. In their arsenal are a plethora of tools aimed at…

Taxing e-commerce in Indonesia

Perhaps one of the most widely discussed challenges that comes with a growing global e-commerce sector is the challenge of taxing that industry. Simon Woodside of the Organisation for Economic Co-…

Smooth sailing for Malaysia’s Ekuinas

Malaysian state-owned private equity firm, Ekuiti Nasional (Ekuinas) has divested the entirety of its 60 percent equity interest in cross-border mobile cash transaction firm Tranglo to the Hong Kong-…

Mahathir's new car brand to be ASEAN effort

Malaysia’s third push to build a national car brand may see it sourcing parts from its Southeast Asian neighbours, as the region forges stronger ties to weather out the United States (US)-China trade…

Technology

Technology

SilTerra eyes life sciences market

The future of technology lies in the life sciences. With technology advancing at a rapid pace, the field of life sciences is no longer just limited to hospitals or…

India’s new Fourth Industrial Revolution centre

Technology is evolving faster than ever, and as it continuously changes, the world changes along with it. As we enter the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is…

Mobile wallet revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has seen many sweeping changes in the way we interact with one another. This interaction is not limited to human-to-human relationships…

Environment

Environment

Out of the path of disasters

The Philippine’s Eastern Visayas islands of Samar and Leyte bore the brunt of Typhoon Haiyan as it made landfall in November 2013, leaving in its wake a trail of destruction affecting 14 million people. The record-breaking typhoon that created a storm surge of up to 19 feet caused more than six thousand deaths, damaged over one million homes, and displaced over four million people. The economy and people’s livelihoods were also not spared. It was estimated that 5.6 million workers were affected…

Time to invest in human capital

The wealth of nations is often measured by its physical, natural and institutional resources. Seldom, if ever, are their human capital considered as economic resources. When the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or World Bank offer financial aid, they usually impose conditions to limit public spending on health and education.That approach may be revised in future as the World Bank has recognised the value of human capital to a nation’s economic future. It recently launched its inaugural Human…

Warning of 1.5 degrees Celsius warming

In December 2015, recognising the need for an effective and progressive response to climate change, the world’s leaders came together to commit to a landmark agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Paris Agreement pledged to hold “…the increase in the global average temperature to well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius”.However, as climate change…

'Rubbish Man' schools children for trash

Sitting in a building made from used tyres, plastic bottles and old sneakers, Cambodian student Roeun Bunthon jots down notes during an English lesson at the "Rubbish School" where tuition is paid for with trash instead of cash.In return, needy kids like Bunthon, a former street beggar, can take computer, mathematics and language classes - and learn the value of reducing waste in a notoriously polluted country where recycling is nearly non-existent."I've stopped begging... it's like I have…

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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Gandhi Memorial ASEAN Debate Competition 2018

Event Date
10/01/2018
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Asian International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur
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World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018

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09/11/2018
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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32nd ASEAN Summit

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Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
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4th International Sustainable Energy Summit (ISES) 2018

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Pullman Hotels and Resorts, Kuching, Sarawak
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