March 2018
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29 Jun A sunny island set in the Asian hinterland

It is a promising sign when an anniversary is occasion to look keenly forward as well as nostalgically backwards. So it is with Singapore’s golden jubilee celebrations this August. Singapore’s success as a globalised city-state owes itself in no small part to visionary leadership that used...

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06 Jun Navigating Jokowi’s Mixed Signals

At the APEC meeting in April, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (popularly known as Jokowi) promised lucrative investment prospects in the region’s largest market. Yet, at the Asia-Africa Summit held in Bandung that same month, Jokowi’s tone shifted, urging emerging markets to avoid domination by foreign...

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27 Mar ASEAN-Myanmar Forum: Highlights from Media Coverage

The Singapore Institute of International Affairs, in cooperation with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and IE Singapore, organised the ASEAN-Myanmar Forum in Yangon on Monday, 23 March 2015, a high-level conference bringing together senior private sector and government...

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19 Mar Will Malaysia meet expectations as ASEAN’s chair?

Malaysia is in the spotlight this year. Global spectators are conscious that the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will happen under PM Najib’s watch. Malaysia is under pressure to perform, but her chairmanship comes at a time when Malaysia is faced with economic...

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16 Nov The slow struggle to economic integration

Like post-independence America, ASEAN is a place with border disputes, no common currency, and weaknesses in education, infrastructure and environmental protection. Yet with strong leadership and focus on improvements in the right areas, the bloc has a huge amount of potential to grow in the years...

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01 Aug Future50: Singapore and the ASEAN Economic Community

At the end of 2015, the ten ASEAN countries will establish the ASEAN Economic Community. But what will be the impact of establishing a single market in ASEAN, especially on Singapore’s economy? To find out what business leaders and professionals in Singapore think about this...

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10 Apr Myanmar’s financial opening: No shock therapy please

Myanmar, as ASEAN Chair, has done well to ensure that achieving the AEC 2015 goal has remained a top priority on the region’s agenda. At the 18th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on Saturday, Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to realising the goals...

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21 Jan Annual Members Circle 2014

The United States’ economic recovery and its debt ceiling topped a survey conducted among 28 Asia experts, business leaders and economists, with more than 60 per cent of respondents voting for the global issue as one they would be keeping the most tabs on in...

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04 Sep ASEAN beyond 2015: Can higher growth be sustained?

The Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) is the third-largest economy in East Asia after China and Japan — needless to say, a robust, growing ASEAN has a positive impact on Asia and the world. A sustained growth spurt would push the region’s poor out of...

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14 Aug Time for an ASEAN Dream

Over the past year I’ve revisited a host of Southeast Asian countries I first began traveling in more than a decade ago. The region’s progress has been remarkable both in terms of overall economic growth and the promising opening of formerly isolated nations like Myanmar....

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