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Harmonising standards and reporting: What’s Now, What’s Next?
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A broad consensus on what defines “green” is fundamental to driving the green finance agenda. Yet, far from a collective agreement, there exists a disparate number of green standards and interpretations worldwide. According to a 2016 Carrots & Sticks study, there are almost 400 sustainability...

Beyond FTAs: focusing on NTMs to further aid ASEAN’s trade in goods
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At the recently concluded 30th ASEAN Summit, ASEAN leaders reaffirmed the need to increase intra-regional trade and investment. The grouping’s move to strengthen its trade and investment linkages comes at a time when many fear that there is a growing inward-looking mood in several of...

Driving Green Finance: Green Bonds and Other Financial Instruments
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There is massive potential to “green” the financial sector but implementing it remains hazy for many. For one, what defines green finance continues to be debated while significant progress requires a collaborative effort. Still, small steps must be taken and there is interest to leverage existing...

Myanmar at a Critical Juncture
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The National League for Democracy (NLD) government is half-way through its term. Myanmar stands at a critical juncture where the government needs to start delivering on its election promises and bring about tangible change to the country. Otherwise, Aung San Suu Kyi and her party...

CLMV countries must go beyond regional integration
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Dubbed South-east Asia’s last frontier market, Myanmar has been one of ASEAN’s most high-profile destinations for investors since the country’s opening. There are concerns about the pace of reform in Myanmar, but according to preliminary results from a survey conducted by the Singapore Institute of...

China’s BRI “White Paper”: ASEAN’s highway to prosperity
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On 21 July, Singapore launched the first Belt and Road Multi-Cultural Studies Centre as a joint initiative between the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) and the Overseas Education College (OEC) of China’s Xiamen University. This move is a timely one, given the increasing...

SIIA saddened at passing of former SGX CEO
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The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is deeply saddened at the passing of Mr. Magnus Bocker, CEO of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) from 2009 to 2015. As a corporate member, SGX has been very supportive towards SIIA, notably when Mr. Bocker was at the...

Collaborative Initiative for Green Finance in Singapore
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Green Finance has gained significant momentum worldwide. Key financial centres around the world such as London, Switzerland, Paris, China, and Hong Kong have taken steps to integrate green aspects into their financial systems. While Singapore – an international financial hub– is not at the vanguard of...