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Indonesia, ASEAN should move ahead in tandem
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By Simon Tay and Sarah Loh For Jakarta Post At the Group of 20 Summit, Indonesia as the next chairperson announced “Recover Together, Recover Stronger” as the theme for 2022. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo stressed that fair and equitable vaccine distribution and stronger health systems are crucial...

If ASEAN cannot pull Myanmar in line, how can it progress?
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With Myanmar’s commander-in-chief disallowed from attending the recent ASEAN summit held on 26 to 28 October 2021 and Myanmar’s subsequent decision to refuse sending any representatives, what does it mean for the region and what can we expect? Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the...

3rd ASEAN-ROK Think Tank Strategic Dialogue
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South Korea’s New Southern Policy was introduced by President Moon Ja-in in 2017 to deepen the country’s relations with ASEAN and India. As President Moon’s term comes to an end in 2022, questions are abound on the NSP’s relevance. Ms. Lee Chen Chen, Associate Director...

Highlights- ASEAN and The Pandemic: Pressing Forward

The SIIA’s “From Crisis to Endemic: Stumbling or Pressing Ahead?” report is now available for download here: https://bit.ly/3qg0pST The worst wave of the pandemic has just passed for most of the region. With vaccinations picking up pace, there are talks of shifting away from a “zero-COVID”...

Webinar- ASEAN and The Pandemic: Pressing Forward

The worst wave of the pandemic has just passed for most of the region. With vaccinations picking up pace, there are talks of shifting away from a “zero-COVID” target to adopting an “endemic” approach, where businesses resume operations and life can return to some semblance...

ASEAN and the Pandemic: Pressing Forward
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With the Delta variant wave that once gripped ASEAN countries finally receding, the region envisages an uptick in its economy. Since July this year, the pandemic saw no end in sight as cases soared to unprecedented highs, with slow vaccination rates and overburdened healthcare infrastructures...

[PREMIUM] Country Updates (28 Oct-10 Nov)
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Malaysia Malaysia unveils largest national budget to kickstart economic recovery in 2022 (29 Oct) Malaysia plans to spend $80.06 billion, with a deficit of 6% projected, in 2022. Budget 2022, the largest budget to date, is a wide-ranging plan which includes cash aid for low-income citizens,...

ASEAN Summit 2021 – Nikkei Article
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The ASEAN Summit concluded on 28 October 2021, with ASEAN leaders proceeding without Myanmar. Held virtually, ASEAN leaders continued to address the impacts of COVIDー19 with the rise of new variants, its community building efforts and the future direction of ASEAN. In an interview with Nikkei,...