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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...

Webinar: Post-Elections in Myanmar: Reforms and Opportunities Ahead?
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What does this mean for the business community and international investors? What reforms and opportunities lie ahead in the next five years? Find out more from the SIIA’s webinar, “Post-Elections in Myanmar: Reforms and Opportunities Ahead?”, on Thursday, 26 November 2020 from 1030am to 1130am where...

ESG in Practice – Selected ESG rating, reporting and certification schemes
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Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting schemes and ratings in the agribusiness and forestry sectors have become increasingly important to companies wishing to distinguish themselves from their peers. However, the multiplicity of ESG frameworks has caused confusion for the companies reporting, as well as for...

Luhut Pandjaitan Invites Singapore to Partner for Hydropower Development (Tempo)
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At the 7th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources (SDSWR), Mr. Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment invited the international community to support the Indonesian government's efforts to ensure the welfare of its population and protect the environment. He added that...