Indonesia's Economy Shrinks After Over 20 Years

Indonesia's coronavirus-hit economy contracted in the second quarter for the first time in more than two decades, with warnings that its recovery could be among the weakest in Southeast Asia.Output in the region's biggest economy slumped 5.3 percent on-year in April-June, the statistics agency said Wednesday, as retail sales and manufacturing took a hit.That marked Indonesia's first contraction since the first quarter of 1999 during the Asian financial crisis, putting it on cou

6 August 2020

The Future Of Electric Vehicles In ASEAN

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world filled with historical sites and beautiful beaches across the region. Nevertheless, Southeast Asian cities are also known for their congested roads filled with honking cars and motorcycles. Congested roads have become synonymous with Southeast Asia, and that is not going to change anytime soon.According to media reports, vehicle sales in Southeast Asia is set to outpace all other regions in the world.

1 August 2020

Is Tech Threatening Women’s Jobs?

Technological advancements and artificial intelligence (AI) are revolutionising manufacturing for industries around the world. The International Federation of Robotics estimates that the global stock of operational industrial robots would have increased to 3,053,000 units by 2020, with the capability to help produce cars, electronics and new machinery. However, the scale and pace of AI in disrupting jobs is a concern and automation may work to widen the existing gaps in work

31 July 2020

Singapore Airlines Suffers US$800M Q1 Loss

Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported a first-quarter net loss of more than US$800 million Wednesday, the latest carrier to take a massive hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Passenger traffic was reduced to almost zero in the three months to June, SIA said, leading to the Asian carrier's biggest-ever quarterly net loss of SGD1.12 billion (US$816.58 million).The numbers extended the flag-carrier's financial bloodletting after losing SGD732 million in the 2019 fourth quarter ende

30 July 2020

How Technology Is Changing Tourism

Southeast Asia’s rapid growth has led to a rise in income which has enabled its citizens to enjoy leisure travel in the form of long-haul destinations and micro-trips. The region’s budget travel market, including low-cost flights, is also expected to grow exponentially.

25 July 2020

US Sanctions World's Top Surgical Glove Maker

The US has banned the import of surgical gloves from two subsidiaries of Malaysia's Top Glove - the world's biggest manufacturer of the product - over forced labour concerns, despite soaring demand during the coronavirus pandemic.Countries worldwide have been scrambling to stock up on protective gear, from gloves to faces masks, since the pandemic began earlier this year.But US Customs and Border Protection said it decided to impose the ban on Top Glove "based on reasonable evi

17 July 2020

Virus-Hit Singapore Plunges Into Recession

Singapore's economy shrank more than 40 percent in the second quarter as the coronavirus plunged the Southeast Asian financial hub into recession for the first time in more than a decade, official data showed Tuesday.The 41.2 percent quarter-on-quarter drop was the worst ever recorded in the city-state, which is considered a barometer for the health of global trade. On-year, the economy contracted 12.6 percent in April-June, according to preliminary data released by the trade mi

15 July 2020

Avoiding An Economic Crisis In Indonesia

ASEAN member state Indonesia, the fourth most populous nation in the world – confirmed its first COVID-19 cases in early March. Since then, the number of infections in the archipelago have soared. The largest increase of new cases in a single day was on 9 July with 2,657 cases reported. To date, over 76,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Indonesia – the highest in Southeast Asia.

14 July 2020

AirAsia To Emerge Stronger From Pandemic: Fernandes

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes insisted Thursday the top budget carrier would emerge "stronger" from the coronavirus pandemic despite a warning about its future, and said the airline was hopeful of raising a sizeable cash injection.In an interview with AFP, the colourful chief executive said he never imagined the industry could face such a crisis, which has triggered massive layoffs worldwide and led to some carriers collapsing."I never believed the aviation industry could be hit

13 July 2020

Cambodia’s Economic Challenges Amid The Pandemic

The coronavirus crisis has severely affected livelihoods, local industries and the economy in general. Nevertheless, compared to North America and Europe – Southeast Asia does not seem to have been hit as hard by the pandemic in terms of total deaths and confirmed cases. To date, cases across ASEAN member states are inching towards the 200,000 mark with over 4,500 fatalities.

10 July 2020

Reviving Malaysia’s Virus-Hit Economy

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected livelihoods, local industries and the economy in general. As we enter nearly the seventh month of the outbreak – many have lost their jobs across Southeast Asia. According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the pandemic will threaten the employment of 68 million workers across Asia if the outbreak goes on until September.

3 July 2020