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Building an Inclusive E-Commerce Ecosystem in ASEAN: What Can Singapore Do?
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E-commerce in ASEAN is fast becoming a new buzz word with expectations of it unlocking ASEAN’s next growth chapter. Aiming to capitalise on this potential, Singapore intends to promote e-commerce flows within ASEAN during her Chairmanship next year. Developing ASEAN’s e-commerce agenda means creating an...

Myanmar’s Transformation & U Thein Sein: An Insider’s Account by U Soe Thane
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A first-hand account of Myanmar’s road to democratic reform Singapore, 30 October 2017: U Soe Thane (former Union Minister for Industry and Union Minister for the President’s Office) is launching a book chronicling a first-hand account of the challenges the government faced in advocating Myanmar’s democratic...

Leveraging on ASEAN’s growing economy to tackle an ageing population
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Countries around the world are facing an ageing population – including the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN countries do have a growing young working population, but the proportion of older citizens is also increasing, driven by better medical care and...

Belt and Road: A Washington Perspective
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Major powers are engaged in a new competition to build hard infrastructure – including roads, railways, and ports—across the broadly defined Eurasian land mass. China’s Belt & Road Initiative is the most ambitious; the cost of President Xi Jinping’s signature initiative is estimated to reach...

Media Coverage: 10th ASEAN and Asia Forum
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Last week, on 5 Oct 2017, we held our 10th ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF) at The Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore on the theme “A Future Ready ASEAN: People & Growth In An Uncertain World”. The Forum was attended by over 300 industry experts, corporate leaders...

ASEAN must leverage collective strength to navigate challenges: Iswaran
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By Afifah Ariffin SINGAPORE: ASEAN must draw on its shared vision and collective strength to stay resolute in its commitment to regional economic integration, particularly in light of rising anti-globalisation sentiment and protectionism, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran said on Thursday (Oct 5). In...

10th ASEAN & Asia Forum
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A Future Ready ASEAN: People & Growth in an Uncertain World ASEAN is celebrating its 50th anniversary at a time when the regional architecture is fast evolving. Firstly, the region’s equilibrium of peace is challenged by the USA’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This has introduced...