World Bank

Malaysia to mine tin again?  

Several challenges lie ahead for Malaysia if the former global tin leader is to revive the industry. Speaking to local media last week, Malaysia’s Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources, Dr Xavier Jayakumar, said the country is looking to restart the industry as prices have now rebounded to US$20,000 per metric tonne. 

However, it is not as simple as that. 

5 May 2019

ASEAN’s migrant workers live in fear

In debt, in a foreign country, and probably feeling like they are just in over their heads – many migrant workers in ASEAN will have more important things to think about today while the rest of the world celebrates International Labour Day.

1 May 2019

Stunted, wasting and overweight in ASEAN

While malnutrition is a global plague, it is a more acute problem in Asia. 

According to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Bank Group published last year, more than half of all stunted children, almost half of all overweight children and more than two-thirds of all wasted children live in the region.

1 April 2019

The potential of floating solar power

Thailand is the latest country in Southeast Asia to recognise the untapped potential of floating solar technology after the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) announced five pilot projects last month.

12 February 2019

The leader the World Bank needs

Jim Yong Kim’s sudden resignation as president of the World Bank Group (WBG) offers an opportunity to reflect on the direction, legitimacy, and effectiveness of that 75-year old institution.

19 January 2019

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.

16 October 2018

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.

15 October 2018

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.

14 October 2018