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Leveraging the Financial Sector to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
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Sustainable finance and environmental-social-governance (ESG) standards are starting to gain traction in Singapore. In 2015, the Association of Banks in Singapore released its Guidelines on Responsible Financing, requiring banks to incorporate ESG criteria in lending and risks assessments. In 2017, the ESG Integration Results of...

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Hong Kong’s Protests: Economic Damage and Long-Term Implications
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On 3 October, we held a talk with Ms. Li Xueying, Enterprise Editor, The Straits Times and Dr. Steven Cochrane, Chief APAC Economist, Moody's Analytics, examining the implications of the protests in Hong Kong. The session was moderated by SIIA Chairman Simon Tay. In 2014, the...

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ASEAN’s Infrastructure Gap: An Opportunity for Sustainable Finance
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ASEAN faces a long-standing challenge with the lack of good quality, adequate infrastructure. Governments need to meet the demand for infrastructure brought about by population growth and urbanisation, yet the rate of public sector financing for infrastructure development is unsustainable. Government financing accounts for 90...

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The Implications of China’s Economic Slowdown
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China’s economy is continuing to slow, with growth dropping to 6.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2019, the lowest in 27 years. We held a talk on 24 September 2019 with Dr Chen Gang, Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow of the East Asian...

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Staying Competitive: Singapore’s Economy in a Turbulent World
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In the Chinese portion of his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted that the Singapore economy is slowing due to weaker global demand and the US-China trade war. The SIIA held an evening talk on Monday 19 August, the day after...

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The Impact of Fake News and Disinformation on Indonesian Politics
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Political utilisation of fake news is on the rise in Indonesia, and featured prominently during the recent election. These stories not only worsened divides, but also fuelled post-election riots in Jakarta. What role did fake news and disinformation play in the election, and what are...

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Malaysia’s Investment Climate in 2019
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Nearly a year has passed since Pakatan Harapan (PH) took office in May 2018. The new government has undertaken efforts to address Malaysia’s fiscal weakness and reform its institutions. But how are investors reacting to the first year of PH’s governance, and what challenges lie...

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The Belt and Road in China’s Northwest
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The Belt and Road Initiative is typically associated with China’s efforts to engage foreign partners. The initiative’s effects on China’s domestic situation are thus sometimes overlooked. An example of the BRI’s domestic implications can be seen in China’s northwest, where limited access to sea routes...