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May 2018

Smallholder-Financing

18 May Working Paper: Financing Indonesia’s Independent Smallholders

Date :18 May 2018 This report focuses on the prospects of providing green finance to independent smallholders in Indonesia’s agricultural sector, especially those in oil palm. It begins by considering why independent smallholders are important and some of the key challenges they face.  Benefits of financing independent...

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18 May 5th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources

Climate Action: Seeding Green Growth and Resilience in ASEAN Two years since the Paris Agreement, many ASEAN countries are placing increasing emphasis on combating climate change and its adverse impacts. Governments have started to invest in improving air and water quality, low-carbon transport, and better use...

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11 May US-China: Trade War or Trade Skirmish?

The US and China are currently engaged in trade negotiations, but can a deal be struck before the first round of tariffs take effect? On 10 May 2018, we held an evening talk with Amb. Michael W. Michalak, Former US Ambassador to Vietnam and Senior...

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Photo credit: “Tun Mahathir” by udeyismail is licensed under CC BY 2.0

11 May Challenging transition ahead for Malaysia

By Simon Tay For The Business Times A BLACK SWAN has landed in Malaysia. The newly-minted Pakatan Harapan (PH or Alliance of Hope) has won a majority in the elections and, led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad - the long time and iconic former PM - expects to...

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Photo credit: “Aerial view of oil palm plantation” by Nanang Sujana/CIFOR

11 May Asean’s active role in the greening of growth

By Simon Tay and Fawziah Selamat For The Business Times SUSTAINABILITY issues are still often seen as long-term concerns, rather than requiring urgent attention, despite the Paris agreement to take action to address climate change. Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), there have also been...

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10 May Trade Wars versus Trade Deals

A summary of this event is now available on our website. Original Event Synopsis: In March, the Trump administration sparked fears of a trade war by imposing tariffs, first against steel and aluminium, and later specifically Chinese goods. China has already retaliated with its own tariffs on...

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