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US ambassador: Seeing positive progress in ASEAN
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CNBC interviewed US Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian on the sidelines of the 8th ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF), organised by the SIIA on 1 Oct 2015. The video is available on cnbc.com TRANSCRIPT Amb. Hachigian: I've seen actually some very positive progress on those sorts of issues...

CABA: SEA businesses hope TPP, RCEP can co-exist
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CNBC interviewed SIIA fellow Pushpanathan Sundram on the sidelines of the 8th ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF), organised by the SIIA on 1 Oct 2015. Mr. Sundram is Executive Chairman of the China-ASEAN Business Association and a former Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN. The video is...

SIIA Director Lee Chen Chen speaks to Phoenix News on the Haze
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SIIA Director Lee Chen Chen was interviewed by Hong Kong's Phoenix News (Mandarin) on the haze situation. "If the haze continues at the unhealthy or hazardous levels in the next few months, there will be significant socio-economic costs for Singapore, and I think in this regard...

Singapore reiterates offer of assistance to Indonesia to fight forest fires
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SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was quoted by Channel NewsAsia on the current transboundary haze. The article was published on 14 Sep 2015 and the full text is available on Channel NewsAsia. Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Associate Professor Simon Tay said being a "tough...

Indonesia Forest Fires Causing Southeast Asia Haze
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Singapore Institute of International Affairs Chairman Simon Tay discusses the haze affecting parts of Southeast Asia, its cause and what's being done about it. He speaks to Bloomberg's Haslinda Amin on "First Up" on 16 September 2015. Q. It's not a new problem, it's been going on for...

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) – The Strategic Importance
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Even though the AEC is just three months away from being launched, there has been scepticism associated with ASEAN leaders’ ability to bring the AEC into fruition.  Despite the benefits that the AEC may bring to ASEAN, domestic challenges still remain. In spite of the...

SIIA Chairman Simon Tay quoted on S’pore GE2015 in Bangkok Post
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SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was quoted in a Bangkok Post commentary on the Singapore General Election 2015 by Achara Ashayagachat. Simon Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, has warned Singapore's ability to play the great game - helping steer the global economic recovery...

Confusion clouds regional cooperation to fight haze
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It is clear that the haze from fires burning in Indonesia has returned and is worsening. On Tuesday last week (Aug 25), visibility in Palembang, the provincial capital of South Sumatra, was down to about 300m. The count of possible fire hot spots has risen...

Myanmar 2015 elections – what to expect?
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This year’s elections mark a significant milestone in Myanmar’s history.  There is a growing thirst for change in Myanmar, and the party that wins the popular vote will be tasked to set the tone for the future of democracy in the country. The future of...