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[Premium] Hong Kong’s Protests: Economic Damage and Long Term Implications
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Hong Kong’s Protests: Economic Damage and Long-Term Implications   On 3 October 2019, we held a talk with Ms. Li Xueying, Enterprise Editor, The Straits Times and Dr. Steven Cochrane, Chief APAC Economist, Moody's Analytics, examining the implications of the protests in Hong Kong. The session was...

[Premium] Country Update: 26 September – 9 October 2019
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Indonesia   Protests Continue as Jokowi Considers His Next Move (26 Sep – Ongoing)  Jakarta and other cities across Indonesia continued to experience violent protests as tens of thousands of students and other groups clashed with police. These rallies were the biggest of their kind since the...

The Fallout from Hong Kong’s Protests
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The 2019 protests in Hong Kong have proven longer and even more divisive than the city's last brush with civil disobedience, the Umbrella Movement protests five years ago. In 2014, Hong Kong's economy was barely affected by the demonstrations, despite widespread predictions of doom. Trade,...

ASEAN’s Infrastructure Gap: An Opportunity for Sustainable Finance
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ASEAN faces a long-standing challenge with the lack of good quality, adequate infrastructure. Governments need to meet the demand for infrastructure brought about by population growth and urbanisation, yet the rate of public sector financing for infrastructure development is unsustainable. Government financing accounts for 90...

Commentary: Singapore’s balancing act in building defence ties
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By Nicholas Fang For TODAY The recent renewal of a defence agreement by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and United States President Donald Trump in New York has a number of ramifications. To be sure, the extension of the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding Regarding United States’ Use...

The Implications of China’s Economic Slowdown
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China’s economy is continuing to slow, with growth dropping to 6.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2019, the lowest in 27 years. We held a talk on 24 September 2019 with Dr Chen Gang, Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow of the East Asian...

[Premium] ESG Update: 14 – 27 September 2019
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Resource Sector   Agroforestry companies linked to forest fires causing haze (24 Sep) As forest fires rage on in Indonesia, connection with Singapore and Malaysia have surfaced. Three Indonesian firms with offices in Singapore have been linked to the haze-belching fires. One company, Hutan Ketapang Industri, sealed off...

[Premium] Country Update: 12 September – 25 September 2019
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Indonesia   Severe Haze Disrupts Activities Across Sumatra and Kalimantan (12 Sep - Ongoing)  The aviation, shipping and education sectors in the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan have been affected as a severe haze blankets the region. Singapore and Malaysia have also been badly affected by the haze,...

Beyond the Trade War: China’s Slowdown and Domestic Challenges
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China's economy is slowing. While the slowdown has been influenced by the trade war, there are other drivers at work - including modest consumer spending and industrial productivity, as well as efforts to rein in debt. Currently, China's full-year growth forecast stands at 6% to...

[Premium] ESG Update: 1 – 13 September 2019
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Resource Sector Indonesia forest fires surge and Singapore's air quality may enter 'unhealthy' range (12 Sept) The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed on Thursday (Sept 12), spreading haze across South-east Asia. Indonesia's forest fires are an annual problem but have...