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ASEAN– more than just a market
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By Simon Tay and Satya Ramamurthy For The Straits Times Calls to re-emphasise the importance of Asean have been made as Singapore looks to reopen its economy progressively and re-establish itself as a key regional hub. This would seem timely given positive sentiments about Singapore’s recovery – the 2021...

ASEAN’s big test as it marks another anniversary
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By Simon Tay and Jessica Wa'u For The Straits Times Festive celebrations are scarce during this pandemic period and can sometimes even seem inappropriate. For Asean, which marks the 54th anniversary of its founding tomorrow, it is a grim birthday blighted by Covid-19 and the crisis...

EU goes green: acceptance, inspiration, or scepticism?
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By Gan Meixi and Fang Eu-Lin For The Business Times The European Union (EU) recently announced a set of policy proposals that aim to give the region a strong start in redirecting the domestic and global economy towards a zero-carbon world. The so-called "Fit for 55" plan aims...

Region can do much to create and sell carbon credits
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By Simon Tay and Aaron Choo For The Business Times Accusations too often accompany the dry season, especially when the problem of transboundary haze returns across our region. Accusations are traded not only within Indonesia, which usually suffers the worst of the fires and the heaviest pollution,...

Emerging stronger: Present and future tense
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By Simon Tay and Aaron ChooFor The Straits Times Some may question the need to think about emerging stronger when Singapore is under a heightened regime of measures against the pandemic and many countries across the region are facing the worst circumstances since the first outbreak....

Towards a growing and greener regional economy
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By Simon Tay and Meixi GanFor The Business Times Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is growing global recognition of another crisis that could be as big and probably worse - climate change. More governments are committing to address the problem, including China, the European Union...

A time for Japan to blossom (The Straits Times)
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times Winter has not been easy for Japan. In these past months, pandemic numbers have been rising. The Tokyo Olympics have been a particular source of angst, even with the compromise of going ahead without an international audience. Last month,...

S’pore has drawn a line on Myanmar (Mothership)
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COMMENT: While international partners can try to foster dialogue between the domestic players in Myanmar, the complex situation ultimately needs to be resolved domestically. Simon Tay, Chairman at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, thinks that a complete dissolution of the military in Myanmar may not...

Palm oil: Import bans pressure sustainability standards
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By Khor Yu Leng, Nadirah Sharif and Siti BazilahFor Eco-Business In the past year, the United States has banned the imports of palm oil and rubber-based products from three Malaysian companies following allegations of labour abuse. Environmental issues have tended to dominate the attention on these...