Lao PDR: Southeast Asia’s factory

Until 1953, Lao PDR was a French colony. Following a successful overthrow of the country’s monarchy in the mid-seventies by communist forces, Lao PDR then spent years in isolation.

20 July 2018

Google fined record US$5 billion by EU

Google was fined 4.3 billion euros (US$5 billion) by the European Union (EU) and ordered to change the way it puts search and web browser apps on Android mobile devices, setting a global record for antitrust penalties.

19 July 2018

Trade war: Will ASEAN be next?

The United States (US) is not stopping with China; it has threatened or engaged in trade wars with Canada, Mexico and the European Union (EU). Could ASEAN member states also be on US President Donald Trump’s list of targets?

16 July 2018

Can an ageing ASEAN stay competitive?

Across Asia, demographic trends are indicating a growing ageing population with the 65 and above age category projected to more than double, reaching close to 2.5 times the current figures by 2050. Similar patterns can be discerned in Southeast Asia.

14 July 2018

ASEAN’s exotic fruits are money spinners

With a few exceptions, most minor tropical fruits like rambutans, mangosteens, lychees, longans and durians remain a secret only known to the people who live in the areas where they are grown.

13 July 2018

Ringgit's resilience under threat

Malaysia’s ringgit was sheltered from the worst of last month’s emerging-market selloff, thanks to higher oil prices. It may be about to make up for lost time.

9 July 2018

Airbnb facing blowback

Airbnb took the world by storm by serving as a marketplace connecting travellers to people offering short-term accommodation in their homes.

8 July 2018