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15 Oct [Premium] ESG Update: 28 September – 11 October 2019

Resource Sector   Indonesia Finds One-Fifth of Palm Oil Plantations Are Illegal (10 - 11 Oct) Last year President Joko Widodo issued a ban on new permits for palm plantations for three years, aiming to protect the country's forests. The order also gave the government authority to review...

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10 Oct [Premium] Country Update: 26 September – 9 October 2019

Indonesia   Protests Continue as Jokowi Considers His Next Move (26 Sep – Ongoing)  Jakarta and other cities across Indonesia continued to experience violent protests as tens of thousands of students and other groups clashed with police. These rallies were the biggest of their kind since the...

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03 Oct The Fallout from Hong Kong’s Protests

The 2019 protests in Hong Kong have proven longer and even more divisive than the city's last brush with civil disobedience, the Umbrella Movement protests five years ago. In 2014, Hong Kong's economy was barely affected by the demonstrations, despite widespread predictions of doom. Trade,...

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01 Oct ASEAN’s Infrastructure Gap: An Opportunity for Sustainable Finance

ASEAN faces a long-standing challenge with the lack of good quality, adequate infrastructure. Governments need to meet the demand for infrastructure brought about by population growth and urbanisation, yet the rate of public sector financing for infrastructure development is unsustainable. Government financing accounts for 90...

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27 Sep The Implications of China’s Economic Slowdown

China’s economy is continuing to slow, with growth dropping to 6.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2019, the lowest in 27 years. We held a talk on 24 September 2019 with Dr Chen Gang, Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow of the East Asian...

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27 Sep [Premium] ESG Update: 14 – 27 September 2019

Resource Sector   Agroforestry companies linked to forest fires causing haze (24 Sep) As forest fires rage on in Indonesia, connection with Singapore and Malaysia have surfaced. Three Indonesian firms with offices in Singapore have been linked to the haze-belching fires. One company, Hutan Ketapang Industri, sealed off...

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