Markets

EU palm oil ban sows bitter seeds

Indonesian palm oil farmer Kawal Surbakti says his livelihood is under attack, but the threat is not from insects or hungry orangutans eating his prized crop.

25 September 2018
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Cornering the trip booking market

All start-ups dream of getting angel investors but what happens if they turn out to be guardian angels, too? Travel booking service Vidi hit that jackpot last year when the AirAsia Group decided to take a 50 percent stake in the company.

24 September 2018
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The push for better English

The Education First (EF) 2017 English Proficiency Index does not paint a very good picture for most ASEAN countries with the exception of Singapore which holds fifth place in a study that includes 80 countries.

24 September 2018
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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 region have not been spared as well.

23 September 2018
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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 affected Indonesia and Thailand the worst.

19 September 2018
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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.

17 September 2018
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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 US$23.3 billion in 2017.

14 September 2018
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Ageing Thais could hurt economy

In less than 20 years, almost one in four people – roughly 24 percent of the population – in Thailand would be aged 65 and over, thus making the kingdom a hyper-aged society.

14 September 2018
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Brunei is looking to diversify

Oil-rich Brunei is facing a problem: an over-dependence on oil and gas for its revenue. According to the BP World Energy Outlook, Brunei’s oil reserves are projected to run out by 2035.

8 September 2018
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