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The path forward for Asean (Bangkok Post)
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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement is expected to be signed by the end of the year. The current 15 partners are leaving the door open for India to join in the future, after India walked away from the agreement last year. In...

Infographic: Green Lanes Between Singapore and ASEAN +6
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In the SIIA’s Special Report on “Renewed Concerns in Key ASEAN Economies: Politics and Growth Prospects After the First COVID-19 Wave”, we stressed the importance for Singapore to work on “bubble” arrangements for travel. Such cooperation would help each country and ASEAN as a whole...

Infographic: Haze Outlook – COVID-19’s Impact on Commodity Demand
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The COVID-19 crisis emerged on the back of what was already considered a tough year for commodities such as pulp and paper and palm oil. However, not all commodities are impacted equally. This infographic highlights the impact COVID-19 has had on the pulp and paper as...

New Horizons: Indonesia
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This week’s high-level roundtable discussion in the SIIA’s New Horizons series zoomed in on trends and concerns emerging from Indonesia, as the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Chatib Basri, Co-founder and Senior Partner, Creco Consulting; and Former Minister of Finance of the...

A perfect storm: Fire, haze and a global health crisis (CIFOR)
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ASEAN is on the brink of the regional wildfire season, which usually peaks in August and September, according to this article by CIFOR. There are concerns that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic could boost the incidence and severity of uncontrolled fires, if mobility limitations...

Infographic: Rising Global Protectionism and Populism
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Populism poses significant challenges in maintaining solidarity and promoting ASEAN Centrality in the global economy. Unlike Europe and the US, populism in Southeast Asia is less about immigration, economic decline, and trade, and more on religious and ethnic divides, and countering drug trafficking. However, populism...

ASEAN Business Forum: Navigating ASEAN Beyond COVID-19
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As talk of vaccines becomes more commonplace, world leaders are already looking towards the future and emerging from the pandemic stronger than before. ASEAN countries are no different – as infection numbers begin to fall, economic recovery is on everyone’s mind. Yet, challenges remain. The...

Haze Outlook: “Sustainability efforts must continue”
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In August 2016, following the 2015 haze crisis, ASEAN set the goal of achieving a haze-free region by 2020. In our recent Haze Outlook report, the SIIA warns that a severe transboundary haze remains a risk this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless of...