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11 May Asean’s active role in the greening of growth

By Simon Tay and Fawziah Selamat For The Business Times SUSTAINABILITY issues are still often seen as long-term concerns, rather than requiring urgent attention, despite the Paris agreement to take action to address climate change. Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), there have also been...

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08 May A Broader Lens on Myanmar’s Problems

By Simon Tay and Andrea Lee For The Straits Times It seems so long ago that people talked about Myanmar in terms of the triumph of democracy and a “frontier economy” of golden promise. Current headlines about the country instead focus overwhelmingly on a single issue, and...

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16 Apr Positioning ASEAN for a trade war

By Hank Lim and Shangari Kiruppalini For The Business Times THE tit-for-tat trade spat between the world's two largest economic powerhouses has sent shockwaves through the global economy, roiling financial markets. Staying true to his campaign promise, US President Donald Trump has upped his protectionist rhetoric and...

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09 Apr Red flags from Facebook data breach for Asean

By Chen Chen Lee and Shangari Kiruppalini For The Straits Times Facebook Inc has been dominating the headlines recently. And for good reasons. The tech giant is facing intense scrutiny for not putting in place the right mechanisms to fully protect the data of its users. Facebook failed to...

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08 Mar Green bonds and other ideas for sustainability in the Budget

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...

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30 Jan Trump’s presidency and Asia’s climate battle

By Chen Chen Lee and Lau Xinyi The fight against climate change has notably taken a hit during US President Donald Trump's first year in office. Besides rolling back domestic policies and regulations from the era of his predecessor Barack Obama, Mr Trump also announced plans to withdraw...

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19 Jan Singapore goes for quiet ASEAN diplomacy

By Simon Tay and Cheryl Tan City-state seeks cooperation boost despite differences over Trump, China and Myanmar refugees Singapore is settling into its one-year rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at a time when the region's economic growth is outperforming the world. But the...

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23 Dec Powering S’pore’s growth through green finance

by Simon Tay and Yeo Lian Sim President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Agreement for fear that it gives the world's top polluting countries an edge over his country. Others, like the European Union and China, however, remain committed to combating...

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05 Dec Seeing Green

by Simon Tay, Cheryl Tan and Lau Xinyi There is growing interest for the “red dot” to become a green finance superstar. What might speed this transition? Singapore is a leading financial hub, fast to adapt to new trends and regulations. Its financial sector has been progressive,...

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30 Nov AEC Must Anticipate and Respond to Megatrends

by Simon Tay  The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has helped bring focus to the region’s growth. The 2008 global financial crisis notwithstanding, ASEAN economies have continued to grow at an average of around 5%, outperforming global rates. The region is not only a production base but...

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