World Economic Forum

WEF EXCLUSIVE: The Contours Of Future Cooperation

There is a great global misalignment: at the very moment cooperation is more vital than ever to address urgent challenges, it is in decline. In late June, referencing the fractured response to the COVID-19 crisis, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned “there is total lack of coordination among countries.” Some have gone further, drawing on examples from history and comparing the global quest for a COVID-19 vaccine to the space race between the United

23 July 2020

Philippines needs to improve its education system

The research arm of Switzerland-based business school, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) recently released the results of its survey on the talent competitiveness of 63 countries from around the world. Based on the rankings, the Philippines managed to jump up to 49th place from 55th last year. Regardless of the jump, the ASEAN country, unfortunately, still performed the worst when compared to other bloc members.

5 June 2020

WEF EXCLUSIVE: Time For A “Great Reset”

COVID-19 lockdowns may be gradually easing, but anxiety about the world’s social and economic prospects is only intensifying. There is good reason to worry: a sharp economic downturn has already begun, and we could be facing the worst depression since the 1930s.

3 June 2020

Stepping Up Cybersecurity During The Pandemic

While ASEAN is increasingly coordinating its efforts to reinforce regional cybersecurity, more needs to be done to address the constantly evolving threats.According to a recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report, one of the biggest concerns in regards to the current COVID-19 crisis is the increase in cyberattacks and data fraud. The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of a digital culture worldwide.

25 May 2020

Opportunities In A COVID-19 World

The coronavirus crisis has brought chaos to nations across the world. Fears and anxiety amplify as the virus is not only a health threat – but is also severely affecting livelihoods, businesses and the economy in general. Governments have imposed drastic measures to contain the COVID-19 virus such as travel restrictions and citywide lockdowns. Although these curbs have proven to be necessary for some countries – they have devastated local industries and businesses.

21 May 2020

The World’s Biggest COVID-19 Worries

Other than preying on humans, the deadly COVID-19 virus has severely affected livelihoods, local businesses and the economy in general. Major industries such as tourism and aviation have been hit hard by the pandemic.

20 May 2020

Fake News A Concern Amid Pandemic

As of 10 April 2020, over one million people have been infected with the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus. The global pandemic has brought chaos into the world with numerous countries implementing lockdowns or movement control orders over virus fears.

11 April 2020

Unprepared for a pandemic

Last fall, 16 leaders from governments, businesses and international organisations gathered in New York to conduct a simulated response to a hypothetical global health emergency. We looked at the challenges that could arise in such a scenario, which was increasingly likely given the world has about 200 epidemic events per year.

29 March 2020

GLOBAL EXCLUSIVE: Improving regional integration in ASEAN

“One Vision, One Identity, One Community.” That’s the motto of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional intergovernmental organisation made up of 10 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The goal of regional cooperation is to facilitate common interests, unifying the region through mutual cooperation while simultaneously recognising each country’s cultural, social and economic identity.

11 March 2020

Five highlights from Davos 2020

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, the world's political and business elites heard dire predictions over the perils of global warming while fretting how this could hurt their re-election prospects or bottom lines.Here are five highlights from the 50th anniversary meeting of the world's biggest get-together of the economic and business elite.Most explosive non-meetingThe biggest standoff of Davos 2020 was between two people who never physically met: United States (US) Presid

26 January 2020

Do ASEAN citizens have social mobility?

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its Global Social Mobility Index 2020. Social mobility entails the “upward” or “downward” movement of an individual in relation to those of their parents. Essentially, it evaluates a child’s ability to experience a better life than their parents, while relative social mobility examines how an individual’s socio-economic circumstance inherited at birth has affected their outcome in life.

24 January 2020

In Davos, the spectre of a tech cold war

China and the United States (US) may have laid down their arms for now in a trade truce, but their technological rivalry is still raging, raising the spectre of a high tech cold war.The coming battle played out this week in the corridors of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, where Chinese executives rubbed shoulders with Silicon Valley supremos, and US diplomats lobbied hard to keep companies from embracing Made in China for their tech revolution.At the centre of this cold war 2.0 is Hu

24 January 2020