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Conference Highlights: 10th AAF (What’s Next for ASEAN?)
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Date :06 Apr 2018 Amidst ups and downs, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has grown since its creation in 1967. It has helped safeguard the peace and stability of the region, which has formed the bedrock for ASEAN economies to grow and surpass global...

Commentary: Green bonds and other ideas for sustainability in the Budget
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by Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi Some credit the recent Singapore Budget as being responsible and responsive. Many ministries face spending cuts, while infrastructure spending will increase to position Singapore for "vibrant and innovative" economic growth. Other comments focus on the goods and services tax, which...

Breakthroughs in Sustainable Investing and Finance
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2018 will see a surge in sustainability reporting, as companies listed on the Singapore Exchange are now mandated to disclose their sustainability practices or explain why they have not done so. While such a move is positive, there are no set standards for how companies...

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...