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Low (Green) risk of severe transboundary haze in 2021
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The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has released its annual Haze Outlook 2021 Report, providing a risk assessment of the probability of a severe transboundary haze episode affecting Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore this year. An online launch event was held on 24 June 2021...

“Pacific Alliance and Singapore: Partners in Globalisation” Seminar
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Singapore will be signing a free trade agreement with the Pacific Alliance (comprising Chile, Columbia, Mexico and Peru) by the end of the year. Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA, spoke at the “Pacific Alliance and Singapore: Partners in Globalisation” seminar organised by...

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,...

[PREMIUM] Country Updates (10- 23 June 2021)
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Country Share of population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two doses) Share of population with one dose administered Total vaccine doses administered Number of COVID-19 cases Singapore 36% (as of 18 Jun) 50% (as of 18 Jun) 4.8 million (as of 18 Jun)   62,448 Indonesia 4.53% (as of 21 Jun) 8.4% (as of 21 Jun) 35.93...

World Cities Summit 2021 – Cities Adapting to a Disrupted World
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In the face of global uncertainty, issues such as climate crisis and COVID-19 pandemic are transforming our lives more than ever. Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA, moderated the panel discussion, “Cities Adapting to a Disrupted World”, at the biennial World Cities Summit...

Indonesia’s COVID-19 Resurgence
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Indonesia faced its highest daily increase of over 14,000 cases on Monday, 21 June 2021, with total cases surpassing the two million mark. Eight provinces, including Jakarta, Central Java, East Java and Yogyakarta, reported the greatest increase. The healthcare sector is struggling as hospitalisation rates...

Thailand’s COVID-19 Resurgence
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Thailand is currently facing its third and most severe wave of COVID-19. Cases have spread to more than 70 provinces of the country. As a result of the spike in cases, Thailand announced in May a two-month extension of its nationwide State of Emergency, which...