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‘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...

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Why does the EU’s recent Resolution on Palm Oil matter to ASEAN?
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The European Parliament adopted the Resolution on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests on 4 April 2017, whose stated aim is to reduce the negative impacts of deforestation due to unsustainable or illegal palm oil production. The Resolution has incited a great deal of controversy...

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Learning from the Japanese Experience – Creating an Industrial Push in Myanmar
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The financial sector is a critical driver for economic reform efforts, laying the groundwork for future development and growth. Financial institutions can channel capital into productive investment projects, encouraging the mobilisation of savings by providing attractive instruments and saving vehicles. However, Myanmar’s weak financial sector...

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25 Years of ASEAN-India Relations: What’s Next?
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2017 marks the 25th anniversary of dialogue relations between ASEAN and India. Trade and investment flows between India and ASEAN member states have rapidly increased in the past few years, but both sides feel that there is room for growth. India is one of the parties...

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Moving to Green Finance Means Turning Risk into Opportunity
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In recent years, the global movement towards green finance – finance that takes into consideration the impacts of business and capital flows on the environment – has been gathering pace. According to UN Environment estimates, over 200 policy measures to “green” the financial system have...

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ASEAN@50: Promises versus Reality
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is celebrating its jubilee anniversary at a time where anti-globalisation sentiments are on the rise. As countries become more inward looking and aim to prioritise domestic issues, the relevance of multilateral organisations such as ASEAN has been called...

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Governments in ASEAN should invest in SMEs’ internal capacity
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Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form the backbone of key South East Asian economies, accounting for the majority of total employment and an integral source of economic growth. As the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) gains momentum, the harmonisation of rules and procedures can help SMEs...