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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...

Foreign investors remain upbeat about Myanmar
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We held our 2nd ASEAN-Myanmar Forum in Yangon on 28 June 2017, bringing together senior government officials and business leaders. The following is an excerpt from The Straits Times article on the forum.   By Tan Hui Yee, Regional Correspondent YANGON - Foreign investors remain upbeat about Myanmar's economy...

2nd ASEAN-Myanmar Forum
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Myanmar’s political transition has ushered in a period of change and adjustment over this past year. With the release of the revised investment law and rules, there is a sense of optimism that the government is taking active steps to promote foreign investments and business...

Commentary: Managing great expectations of the new Myanmar
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The world’s expectations of Myanmar have swung wildly in recent years. Hopes were sky-high following the National League of Democracy’s (NLD) victory at the 2015 elections, led by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi. But now, these have given way to a somewhat more downcast outlook. Some projects...

‘Qatarstrophe’: no cause for panic for ASEAN, at least in the short run
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Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and cut off the country’s land, sea and air links. The Saudi-led coalition cite Doha’s support for ‘terrorist’ groups and Iran, charges Qatar calls "baseless". While the long-term...

The Future of Consumer Choice & Responsibility
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US President Donald Trump's move to withdraw America from the Paris Agreement has once again sparked global attention about the fight against climate change and the need to be sustainable. But what does this mean for our own consumption habits and what we do as...