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Compelling case for investing in Asean region
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An SIIA report was quoted in an article in The Sunday Times (The Straits Times) by Victor Wong, head of Asean equities at UOB Asset Management. An excerpt is below. With Singapore assuming the chairmanship of Asean this year, we can expect increased discussions locally on...

SIIA ranked best independent think tank in Asia
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Maintains position as top think tank in ASEAN Singapore, 8 February 2018: Under Singapore’s ASEAN Chairmanship, there are high expectations for ASEAN to outperform; but this will not be easy. Geo-political trends, such as the pull of US-China tensions, challenge ASEAN’s position in the region. Economically...

Breakthroughs in Sustainable Investing and Finance
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Advancing sustainable development across emerging markets will require substantial capital. The UN estimates, for instance, that up to US$7 trillion in annual investment will be needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. To achieve funding at this scale will require significant flows of private capital...

Asia’s Prospects and Challenges in 2018
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What lies ahead for Singapore, ASEAN, and Asia in 2018? The SIIA holds an annual party between the Western New Year and Chinese New Year, examining events over the past few months and looking ahead to the future. This year, we heard from two distinguished...

SIIA’s Year Opener: Asia’s Prospects and Challenges in 2018
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Highlights from this event are now available on our website - click here for photos and a text summary. There has been some uncertainty about the future of Asia’s regional order. Observers have raised concerns about how US-China relations will fare under the Trump administration, especially with Beijing...

Commentary: Trump’s presidency and Asia’s climate battle
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By Chen Chen Lee and Lau Xinyi The fight against climate change has notably taken a hit during US President Donald Trump's first year in office. Besides rolling back domestic policies and regulations from the era of his predecessor Barack Obama, Mr Trump also announced plans to withdraw...

ASEAN must develop its own digital strategy for the sake of home-grown firms
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As the ASEAN chair for 2018, one of Singapore’s priorities is promoting the region’s growing digital economy. The figures are promising. South-east Asia’s digital economy holds strong potential, and is expected to exceed US$200 billion by 2025. Digital technologies present ASEAN member states with the...

We are ASEAN: In Search of a Regional Identity
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For over 50 years, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has attempted to bring the region together. But studies have shown that although people in ASEAN countries are generally aware that the grouping exists, it is mostly seen as an economic body, or a...