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02 May 6th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources

Global attention to climate change and sustainability are driving dramatic and new challenges for ASEAN’s agroforestry sector. Despite greater attention and improved management of fires and haze over the past few years, there continues to be growing demands for producers, major buyers and financial institutions...

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25 Apr Malaysia’s Investment Climate in 2019

It is almost a year since Pakatan Harapan (PH) took office. The macroeconomic implications of their decisions are becoming clearer – certain infrastructure projects remain suspended and are pending review, with the US$20 billion East Coast Rail Link capturing headlines due to conflicting reports about...

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14 Apr [Premium] Country Update: 30 March – 12 April 2019

Indonesia Fourth Presidential Debate Excites as Election Nears (30 Mar) The fourth presidential debate between incumbent Joko Widodo “Jokowi” and Prabowo Subianto occurred on 30 March, Saturday, and covered ideology, governance, security and foreign affairs. The two candidates sparred over issues such as Indonesia’s defence budget, which...

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11 Apr Making sustainable consumption of palm oil the norm in Asia

By Chen Chen Lee and Lau Xin Yi For The Jakarta Post Relations between the European Union and Malaysia and Indonesia hit an obstacle when Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Indonesia’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan recently threatened to boycott EU’s products if the bloc...

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05 Apr [Premium] ESG Update: 22 March – 5 April 2019

Haze/ Resources/ EU Indonesia threatens to quit Paris climate deal over palm oil (27 Mar) Indonesian leaders have announced that they are considering leaving the Paris climate deal if the European Union proceeds to phase out palm oil in renewable transportation fuel. The announcement comes after the...

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05 Apr Thailand must take action for cleaner air in Asean

By Simon Tay and Liyana Othman For Bangkok Post When complaints are made about the haze crisis and air pollution in Southeast Asia, most usually think about fires in Indonesia's provinces, which have been a recurrent problem for over two decades. However, the situation this year has been different...

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05 Apr [Premium] Digital Economy Update: 22 March – 5 April 2019

Tech Business FIS Acquires Worldpay for US$43 bn in Largest Deal Made in Payments Industry (18 Mar) Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), a US financial services provider, announced that it will purchase Worldpay, a major cards payments player in the UK, for US$43 billion. The deal is...

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