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02 May ASEAN: Putting a ‘human face’ to an economic community

By Chen Chen Lee and Shangari Kiruppalini The Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) held its 30th summit in Manila last week amid growing anti-globalisation sentiments in the West. As Western markets become more inward-looking, intra-Asean links will matter now, more than ever. During the summit, Prime Minister...

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09 Feb Governments in ASEAN should invest in SMEs’ internal capacity

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...

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23 Aug Integrated digital economy can benefit Asean

Speakers and panellists at the SIIA's 9th ASEAN & Asia Forum were quoted in an article by Lee Xin En for The Straits Times. Excerpts from the article are below. Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) Mr S. Iswaran told a forum at the Ritz Carlton...

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22 Aug Embrace connectivity to thrive: Iswaran to ASEAN economies

Speakers and panellists at the SIIA's 9th ASEAN & Asia Forum were quoted in an article by Patrick John Lim for Channel NewsAsia. Excerpts from the article are below. SINGAPORE: The digital revolution and emerging digital economy offer potential for economies across Southeast Asia, Trade and...

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15 Aug How will S China Sea dispute affect businesses in Asean?

Controversies over the South China Sea have dominated headlines, especially after last month’s decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, brought by the Philippines and denounced by China. But many businesses may look on more quizzically. What is the impact on the bottom line? Will...

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06 Apr The ASEAN Community – Towards a More Rules-Based Organisation?

ASEAN Finance Ministers and central bankers have wrapped up the 20th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Laos. Plans and deadlines to develop ASEAN’s post-2015 financial integration featured prominently on the agenda. As ASEAN takes steps to realise its post-2015 ASEAN Community vision, it is important for...

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