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How Indonesia deals with terrorism impacts investments
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The year 2016 has not gotten off to an auspicious start for Indonesia, with the capital Jakarta coming under a terrorist attack on Jan 14. The country and its new President both weathered multiple headwinds in 2015, and they could not have asked for a...

What Can Businesses Expect in 2016?
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Date/ Time: 28 Jan 2016, 5.30 - 7.00pm Venue: SIIA Office: 60A Orchard Road #04-03 Tower 1 The [email protected], International Involvement Hub, Singapore 238890 The relentless dive of crude oil prices and a global commodities slump have investors bracing for a bearish year ahead. But the...

Asia will be able to enter a new period of growth
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Asia's economy is undergoing economic structural changes that poses some risks. But if these risks are overcome, countries will undergo a new phase of growth. The SIIA invited business leaders and academic experts to have a discussion on whether factors such as the economic structural imbalance...

ASEAN should stop human trafficking, for its own people’s sake
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Regional leaders inaugurated an ASEAN (Association of South-east Asian Nations) Community at the end of last year to bring their 10 countries closer — not only for economic integration, but also on security and political issues as well as social and cultural affairs. One test for...

How ASEAN should navigate a tricky 2016
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Many turbulent events in 2015 were symptoms of a world lacking in optimism and growth, and facing possible changes in the global order. Even as social and economic uncertainties continue, competition is increasing among major powers, especially between the US and China. There is not much...

Global, regional order under pressure, and changing
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The decision by the United States Federal Reserve to raise interest rates is newsworthy, and not only for this month. The US economy is at last recovering — with some sturdiness, even if not strongly. This marker can be seen in a longer trajectory. Keeping rates...

3-on-3 with Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid: ASEAN Economic Community

We interviewed Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid, Chairman of the ASEAN-Business Advisory Council and Visiting Senior Fellow at the Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS. Dr. Majid spoke at a panel on “ASEAN Economic Community 2015 – What Now, What Next?” at the SIIA's...

3-on-3 with Frank Lavin: US elections and Trans-Pacific Partnership

We spoke with Frank Lavin, former US Ambassador to Singapore and former Director of the Office of Political Affairs at The White House. Mr. Lavin gave an evening talk at the SIIA called "The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: An Inside View" on 23 September 2015. We asked...