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ESG in Practice: COVID-19 Effects on ESG
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Read more about how the COVID-19 pandemic is potentially impacting the ESG practices of companies in the agribusiness and forestry sectors in our latest report, “ESG in Practice: A Closer Look at Sustainability in ASEAN’s Palm Oil and Pulpwood Sector”.  ...

13th ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand (AANZ) Dialogue
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The 13th ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand (AANZ) Dialogue hosted by Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia was held virtually yesterday, 7 December 2020. Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman, SIIA opened the session by highlighting ASEAN’s achievements as well as the challenges that remain in tackling...

Post-Elections in Myanmar: Reforms and Opportunities Ahead

The end of Myanmar’s military rule in 2011 brought high expectations from its citizens and the international community. While, Myanmar has not met all expectations, Ms. Thiri Thant Mon, Managing Partner, Pegu Partners, Myanmar, argued that this is part of the democratic process and we...

Commentary: ASEAN’s potential contributions to climate action
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By Simon Tay and Meixi Gan For The Jakarta Post If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries would be at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this month. Governments had pledged to negotiate rules for a global carbon market and improve their nationally...

After the US Elections: What now for ASEAN and Asia?

“Mr Biden will not come to the White House with an entirely free pair of hands. He has a divided country and a divided country”, said Mr Bilahari Kausikan, Former Ambassador-at-Large and Chairman of the Middle East Institute, at the SIIA’s webinar, “After the US...

Commentary: RCEP trade deal an important step forward for the region
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times  It is too early to expect the incoming Biden administration to seriously relook American policies in Asia. Domestic concerns will be paramount – the pandemic and economic recovery. Yet, with less than full attention on developments in Asia, there is...