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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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29 Mar [Premium] Country Update: 16 March – 29 March 2019

Indonesia Jokowi Mulls Creating New Ministries for Investments, Exports (12 Mar) President Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) said on 12 March that he was considering forming new ministries to tackle declining investment and export growth figures. The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) had reported an 30% decline in foreign investment...

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29 Mar Security and Prosperity in the Asia-Pacific

The rapid growth in the Asia-Pacific’s economic and political power has significant implications for global governance. Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, India and China, and regional bodies such as ASEAN, are increasingly informing, influencing and seeking to shape international standards and norms. At a London conference...

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27 Mar Myanmar — investors should be cautious but take the risk

By Simon Tay For Nikkei Asian Review A humanitarian crisis that has been brewing at the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh since 2016 is reaching a critical point. At Cox's Bazar, just inside Bangladesh, an estimated 740,000 displaced Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar's Rakhine State are encamped in...

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21 Mar 13th Japan-Singapore Symposium – Forging Closer Ties

Together with the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) organised the 13th Japan-Singapore Symposium (JSS). The JSS is a platform which brings together opinion makers from the two countries to exchange views on their bilateral and other issues. This...

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21 Mar Bringing Human Rights to Life for Businesses

Just a decade ago, the intersection between human rights and businesses was a nascent concept at best. Today however, the cause has gained much traction. Laws of various jurisdictions – mostly Western – now call upon businesses to implement human rights due diligence and reporting...

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