Analysing infrastructure’s life-cycle

Infrastructure projects are the catalyst that drives economic growth. Physical infrastructure such as roads, ports, rail, highways, airports, power and water supply are needed for the transportation of goods, people mobility, ensuring the production of manufacturers and so many other daily activities.Infrastructure, just like other types of capital expenditure, will become obsolete after years of continuous usage and exposure to various usage and environmental factors.

21 December 2019

Should ASEAN join the Blue Dot Network?

The unveiling of the United States’ (US) Blue Dot Network raises several questions about the country’s commitment to ASEAN after signs of fading interest in the region.Seen as a counterbalance to China’s extensive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Blue Dot Network aims to promote sustainable infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

16 November 2019

Metro Manila wins ‘most congested’ crown

Metro Manila has been found to be the most congested city in developing Asia after a study of 278 cities to measure citywide congestion by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).Congestion arises when demand for travel exceeds the transportation network’s maximum capacity, and the pollution that comes along with it are important issues faced by city planners in ASEAN and abroad.An urban sprawl of 17 cities characterised by outdated infrastructure, a booming economy and an increasing population, Met

28 September 2019

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

How innovative is your country?

Creating new products, processes and ideas, innovators are at the forefront of development and progress. Be it a corner-shop or a multinational company, businesses that innovate are able to attract the best talent, increase revenues, scale up more efficiently and grab bigger shares of their respective markets.The best innovators are able to capture a niche market and help their brand stand out by meeting their customers’ ever-changing needs – key to any business’ longevity.

30 July 2019

Myanmar and Lao to get infrastructure boost

Myanmar and Lao PDR look to be the biggest winners of an ASEAN plan to boost connectivity with a series of infrastructure projects.The regional bloc unveiled a list of 19 projects in the Initial Rolling Priority Pipeline of Potential ASEAN Infrastructure Projects (Initial Pipeline) on Monday, one of the initiatives under the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025.The 19 projects in seven countries cover transport, energy, and information and communication technology, sectors which will contri

14 June 2019

Can the Belt and Road become a trap for China?

Critics often claim that China is using its massive “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) as a form of coercive “debt-trap diplomacy” to exert control over the countries that join its transnational infrastructure investment scheme. This risk, as Deborah Brautigam of John Hopkins University recently noted, is often exaggerated by the media.

23 May 2019

China’s decade of sweeping economic change

For the West, the year 2008 marked the beginning of a difficult period of crisis, recession, and uneven recovery. For China, 2008 was also an important turning point, but one followed by a decade of rapid progress that few could have foreseen.Of course, when the United States (US) investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering a global financial crisis, China’s leaders were deeply worried.

3 April 2019

New MRT to battle Jakarta’s traffic congestion

Jakarta commuter Irnawati can spend up to four hours daily in her car, but now she and millions of others may get some relief as the traffic-clogged Southeast Asian city opens its first mass rapid-transit (MRT) system.Today, Jakarta will inaugurate the US$1.1 billion project seen as crucial to tackling some of the world's worst congestion, which can turn commutes into hours-long endurance tests.For Irnawati, the new line means she might now be able to move back to her suburban home on th

24 March 2019

Financing Jokowi's infrastructure ambitions

Similar to its Southeast Asian counterparts, Indonesia is carrying out ambitious infrastructure projects to transform and modernise the nation. The upgrading of Indonesia’s infrastructure is part of President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) Nawa Cita programme – a nine-pillar programme to develop Indonesia. Roughly translated as “Nine Hopes”, the President introduced the agenda when he was elected as the republic’s president in 2014.

9 October 2018