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Index of Tagged Reports

Summary Report: Making the Belt and Road Work for ASEAN

Date :30 Aug 2018   This summary report surveys recent events and trends that have affected the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and shows that despite these problems ASEAN still needs help in meeting its infrastructure demand. With better management, the BRI can still proceed…

Conference Highlights: 10th AAF (What’s Next for ASEAN?)

Date :06 Apr 2018 Amidst ups and downs, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has grown since its creation in 1967. It has helped safeguard the peace and stability of the region, which has formed the bedrock for ASEAN economies to grow and surpass…

Report: Impact of Climate Change on ASEAN International Affairs: Risk and Opportunity Multiplier

Date :07 Nov 2017   Already there are tensions between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the Muslim population in Rakhine, which Myanmar sees as illegal Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh. What will happen if 1, 10 or 30 million Bangladeshis need to find new homes due to…

[email protected]: From Crisis to Community and the Coming Changes

Date :05 Oct 2017   ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Yet, in many ways, the growth and economic integration of the region can be traced more clearly in the perspective of the last 20 years, following the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98. Beyond economic…

Global Megatrends: Implications for the ASEAN Economic Community

Date :07 Sep 2017   “Global Megatrends: Implications for the ASEAN Economic Community” is a collaboration between the ASEAN Secretariat and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). The publication aims to further increase awareness of key issues and drivers of global megatrends, and draw…

Conference Highlights: 9th AAF (A New Growth Paradigm: Connect, Innovate, Reform)

Date :09 Dec 2016   South-east Asia is entering a new age of development. Governments across the region are rethinking their growth strategies to ensure their economies continue to register positive economic growth and remain attractive destinations to global investors. Many ASEAN countries are embarking…

Report (SIIA – Actagon): Emerging Trends and Investment in ASEAN

Date :22 Sep 2016   The SIIA was commissioned by leading European consultancy firm Actagon to identify key and emerging global trends and risks that were likely to shape the future of the business and investment landscape in ASEAN. The report was distributed during the…

New Horizons: Indonesia

This week’s high-level roundtable discussion in the SIIA’s New Horizons series zoomed in on trends and concerns emerging from Indonesia, as the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Chatib Basri, Co-founder and Senior Partner, Creco Consulting; and Former Minister of Finance of…

Conference Highlights: 5th SDSWR (Climate Action: Seeding Green Growth and Resilience in ASEAN)

Date :19 Oct 2018   For close to two decades, the SIIA has focused on how fires and haze, among the major controversies plaguing the plantation and agroforestry sector, can be managed and eventually eradicated. Ensuring the sector’s supply chain improves its sustainability practices not…

Summary Report: Making the Belt and Road Work for ASEAN

Date :30 Aug 2018   This summary report surveys recent events and trends that have affected the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and shows that despite these problems ASEAN still needs help in meeting its infrastructure demand. With better management, the BRI can still proceed…

Working Paper: Financing Indonesia’s Independent Smallholders

Date :18 May 2018 This report focuses on the prospects of providing green finance to independent smallholders in Indonesia’s agricultural sector, especially those in oil palm. It begins by considering why independent smallholders are important and some of the key challenges they face.  Benefits of financing…

Conference Highlights: 4th SDSWR (Inclusive Collaboration: Working Together for Sustainable Value Chains)

Date :29 Aug 2017   In the past year, the push for sustainability in ASEAN’s agricultural sector has reached a critical mass. Notably, an increasing number of large plantation companies have made stronger commitments to sustainability targets, as well as improved their corporate transparency and…

Special Report: Jokowi’s Indonesia – Shifting to Reform and New Growth

Date :22 Aug 2016   Indonesia is preparing to shift its economic development strategy under President Joko Widodo (popularly known as Jokowi). Amidst the continuing global slowdown, the Jokowi administration sees the need for a new approach that can lift growth rates beyond current levels…

Policy Brief: Southeast Asia’s Burning Issue: From the 2015 Haze Crisis to a More Robust System

Date :15 Apr 2016   The 2015 haze crisis will be remembered as one of the worst haze episodes in Southeast Asia. For months, peat and forest fires in Indonesia caused the region to suffer from severe haze pollution, with the Pollutant Standards Index in…

Summary Report: Making the Belt and Road Work for ASEAN

Date :30 Aug 2018   This summary report surveys recent events and trends that have affected the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and shows that despite these problems ASEAN still needs help in meeting its infrastructure demand. With better management, the BRI can still proceed…

Policy Brief: Southeast Asia’s Burning Issue: From the 2015 Haze Crisis to a More Robust System

Date :15 Apr 2016   The 2015 haze crisis will be remembered as one of the worst haze episodes in Southeast Asia. For months, peat and forest fires in Indonesia caused the region to suffer from severe haze pollution, with the Pollutant Standards Index in…

Summary Report: Making the Belt and Road Work for ASEAN

Date :30 Aug 2018   This summary report surveys recent events and trends that have affected the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and shows that despite these problems ASEAN still needs help in meeting its infrastructure demand. With better management, the BRI can still proceed…

Conference Highlights: 10th AAF (What’s Next for ASEAN?)

Date :06 Apr 2018 Amidst ups and downs, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has grown since its creation in 1967. It has helped safeguard the peace and stability of the region, which has formed the bedrock for ASEAN economies to grow and surpass…

Conference Highlights: 2nd ASEAN-Myanmar Forum (Myanmar at a Critical Juncture: Growth and Investment in a New World)

Date :28 Jun 2017   The world’s political and economic order is shifting, and the National League of Democracy (NLD) administration faces an uncertain and unpredictable global investment climate compared to when Myanmar first opened its doors in 2011. Myanmar is no longer insulated from…

Conference Highlights: 5th SDSWR (Climate Action: Seeding Green Growth and Resilience in ASEAN)

Date :19 Oct 2018   For close to two decades, the SIIA has focused on how fires and haze, among the major controversies plaguing the plantation and agroforestry sector, can be managed and eventually eradicated. Ensuring the sector’s supply chain improves its sustainability practices not…

Summary Report: Making the Belt and Road Work for ASEAN

Date :30 Aug 2018   This summary report surveys recent events and trends that have affected the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and shows that despite these problems ASEAN still needs help in meeting its infrastructure demand. With better management, the BRI can still proceed…

Conference Highlights: 10th AAF (What’s Next for ASEAN?)

Date :06 Apr 2018 Amidst ups and downs, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has grown since its creation in 1967. It has helped safeguard the peace and stability of the region, which has formed the bedrock for ASEAN economies to grow and surpass…

Collaborative Initiative for Green Finance in Singapore: Singapore as a Green Finance Hub for ASEAN and Asia

Date :15 Nov 2017   The momentum behind green finance is growing in Singapore. As a regional financial hub, Singapore is well positioned to tap on significant opportunities in green finance. By introducing measures to “green” our financial sector, Singapore stands to become among the…

Policy Brief: Southeast Asia’s Burning Issue: From the 2015 Haze Crisis to a More Robust System

Date :15 Apr 2016   The 2015 haze crisis will be remembered as one of the worst haze episodes in Southeast Asia. For months, peat and forest fires in Indonesia caused the region to suffer from severe haze pollution, with the Pollutant Standards Index in…

Summary Report: Making the Belt and Road Work for ASEAN

Date :30 Aug 2018   This summary report surveys recent events and trends that have affected the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and shows that despite these problems ASEAN still needs help in meeting its infrastructure demand. With better management, the BRI can still proceed…

Conference Highlights: 10th AAF (What’s Next for ASEAN?)

Date :06 Apr 2018 Amidst ups and downs, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has grown since its creation in 1967. It has helped safeguard the peace and stability of the region, which has formed the bedrock for ASEAN economies to grow and surpass…

Conference Highlights: 9th AAF (A New Growth Paradigm: Connect, Innovate, Reform)

Date :09 Dec 2016   South-east Asia is entering a new age of development. Governments across the region are rethinking their growth strategies to ensure their economies continue to register positive economic growth and remain attractive destinations to global investors. Many ASEAN countries are embarking…

Conference Highlights: 10th AAF (What’s Next for ASEAN?)

Date :06 Apr 2018 Amidst ups and downs, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has grown since its creation in 1967. It has helped safeguard the peace and stability of the region, which has formed the bedrock for ASEAN economies to grow and surpass…

[email protected]: From Crisis to Community and the Coming Changes

Date :05 Oct 2017   ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Yet, in many ways, the growth and economic integration of the region can be traced more clearly in the perspective of the last 20 years, following the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98. Beyond economic…

Global Megatrends: Implications for the ASEAN Economic Community

Date :07 Sep 2017   “Global Megatrends: Implications for the ASEAN Economic Community” is a collaboration between the ASEAN Secretariat and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). The publication aims to further increase awareness of key issues and drivers of global megatrends, and draw…

Conference Highlights: 2nd ASEAN-Myanmar Forum (Myanmar at a Critical Juncture: Growth and Investment in a New World)

Date :28 Jun 2017   The world’s political and economic order is shifting, and the National League of Democracy (NLD) administration faces an uncertain and unpredictable global investment climate compared to when Myanmar first opened its doors in 2011. Myanmar is no longer insulated from…

New Horizons: Re-Examining Sustainability and Resilience Post-COVID-19

As countries release stimulus packages to revive economies, questions are being asked about how sustainable these measures are, and what needs to be done to achieve green recovery from COVID-19. On 1 October 2020, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) held a webinar on…

Green finance can help build climate resilience in the face of COVID-19 (GovInsider)

As the world battles with COVID-19, climate change and sustainability project may be perceived as “luxury”. This is a misperception. “Green finance helps ensure capital is being channeled into projects that build up climate resilience and promote sustainable development in the long term,” Chen Chen Lee,…

Infographic: Financing Sustainable Infrastructure in ASEAN

(Last updated: 8 May 2020. This was a series of posts.) The “Financing Sustainable Infrastructure in ASEAN” report, which was launched in April 2020, examines the environmental and social (E&S) standards presently adopted by Singapore-based financial institutions to assess power and transport projects in ASEAN. The…

Commentary: Next steps to finance a green economy

By Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi For The Business Times Opportunities to grow the financial sector as well as to respond to climate concerns are being boosted. Recent announcements made by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) at the Singapore FinTech Festival can help…

Summary Report: Making the Belt and Road Work for ASEAN

Date :30 Aug 2018   This summary report surveys recent events and trends that have affected the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and shows that despite these problems ASEAN still needs help in meeting its infrastructure demand. With better management, the BRI can still proceed…

[email protected]: From Crisis to Community and the Coming Changes

Date :05 Oct 2017   ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Yet, in many ways, the growth and economic integration of the region can be traced more clearly in the perspective of the last 20 years, following the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98. Beyond economic…

Global Megatrends: Implications for the ASEAN Economic Community

Date :07 Sep 2017   “Global Megatrends: Implications for the ASEAN Economic Community” is a collaboration between the ASEAN Secretariat and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). The publication aims to further increase awareness of key issues and drivers of global megatrends, and draw…

Conference Highlights: 9th AAF (A New Growth Paradigm: Connect, Innovate, Reform)

Date :09 Dec 2016   South-east Asia is entering a new age of development. Governments across the region are rethinking their growth strategies to ensure their economies continue to register positive economic growth and remain attractive destinations to global investors. Many ASEAN countries are embarking…

Conference Highlights: 5th SDSWR (Climate Action: Seeding Green Growth and Resilience in ASEAN)

Date :19 Oct 2018   For close to two decades, the SIIA has focused on how fires and haze, among the major controversies plaguing the plantation and agroforestry sector, can be managed and eventually eradicated. Ensuring the sector’s supply chain improves its sustainability practices not…

Conference Highlights: 4th SDSWR (Inclusive Collaboration: Working Together for Sustainable Value Chains)

Date :29 Aug 2017   In the past year, the push for sustainability in ASEAN’s agricultural sector has reached a critical mass. Notably, an increasing number of large plantation companies have made stronger commitments to sustainability targets, as well as improved their corporate transparency and…

Conference Highlights: 3rd SDSWR (Global Consensus, Regional Actions: Recommitting to Sustainable Growth)

Date :17 Aug 2016   The case for sustainable business is now clearer than ever. Left unchecked, the exploitation of resources will have profoundly negative impacts on the environment and vulnerable communities across ASEAN. On 15 April 2016, the SIIA hosted the Third Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable…