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17 Jul Openness to geopolitical flux is part of Singapore’s DNA

Marking the 200th anniversary of Stamford Raffles' landing in Singapore is not only about commemorating long-ago colonial history. The occasion is also opportune to reflect on Singapore's shifting geopolitical realities: How it entered and then exited the British Empire into the turbulence of the 20th...

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14 Jun [Premium] Digital Economy Update: 23 May – 14 June 2019

Tech Business & Policy   Thai Telecom Regulator Neutral in US-China Tech Trade War (4,11 Jun) Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has established a neutral policy on the country’s 5G development plans, in the hopes of attracting both China’s Huawei and U.S.-based vendors to develop the...

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04 Jun End of centrist democracy and Asia’s unconventional systems

by Simon Tay As centrist parties falter in Western democracies, Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and India offer lessons on how political systems can bring stability   Last month, the world witnessed its two largest democratic votes - in India and across Europe - and elections have...

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31 May Ending coal financing, and jump-starting sustainability

By Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi All major Singapore banks recently announced that they will stop financing new coal-fired power plants. This is significant in aligning Singapore as a financial hub with the position of many Western financial institutions. But it opens up more questions...

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22 May [Premium] Digital Economy Update: 9 May – 22 May 2019

Tech Business & Policy   Singapore to roll out at least two 5G networks by 2020 (8 May, 13 May) Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) plans to roll out at least two 5G networks in Singapore by 2020, to enable 5G-enabled applications such as driverless cars.  The...

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16 May Why severe haze may return in 2019 and how to mitigate the risk

By Simon Tay, Wu Huijuan and Aaron Choo For TODAY A Haze Outlook developed by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has assessed that there is a real, although moderate, risk that severe haze will return in 2019. The prognosis is “amber”; on a scale of red-amber-green....

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08 May [Premium] Digital Economy Update: 27 April – 8 May 2019

Tech Business   Grab Adds New Services to App Ecosystem; Takes Strategic Stake in Ninja Van (23, 26 Apr) Grab has added hotel reservation services Agoda and Booking.com; entertainment ticketing platform BookMyShow; and on-demand video streaming service HOOQ to its app ecosystem in Singapore. It also invested in...

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24 Apr [Premium] Digital Economy Update: 6 April – 26 April 2019

Tech Business   Go-Jek Hits US$10 Billion Market-Valuation (5 Apr) According to CB Insights, a US market intelligence company, Go-Jek, a ride-hailing app based in Indonesia, has become the country’s first “decacorn” – a privately held start-up with a valuation of ten billion dollars or more. Go-Jek received...

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14 Apr [Premium] Country Update: 30 March – 12 April 2019

Indonesia Fourth Presidential Debate Excites as Election Nears (30 Mar) The fourth presidential debate between incumbent Joko Widodo “Jokowi” and Prabowo Subianto occurred on 30 March, Saturday, and covered ideology, governance, security and foreign affairs. The two candidates sparred over issues such as Indonesia’s defence budget, which...

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