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06 Oct ASEAN– more than just a market

By Simon Tay and Satya Ramamurthy For The Straits Times Calls to re-emphasise the importance of Asean have been made as Singapore looks to reopen its economy progressively and re-establish itself as a key regional hub. This would seem timely given positive sentiments about Singapore’s recovery – the 2021...

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10 Aug ASEAN’s big test as it marks another anniversary

By Simon Tay and Jessica Wa'u For The Straits Times Festive celebrations are scarce during this pandemic period and can sometimes even seem inappropriate. For Asean, which marks the 54th anniversary of its founding tomorrow, it is a grim birthday blighted by Covid-19 and the crisis...

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05 Aug EU goes green: acceptance, inspiration, or scepticism?

By Gan Meixi and Fang Eu-Lin For The Business Times The European Union (EU) recently announced a set of policy proposals that aim to give the region a strong start in redirecting the domestic and global economy towards a zero-carbon world. The so-called "Fit for 55" plan aims...

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29 Jun Region can do much to create and sell carbon credits

By Simon Tay and Aaron Choo For The Business Times Accusations too often accompany the dry season, especially when the problem of transboundary haze returns across our region. Accusations are traded not only within Indonesia, which usually suffers the worst of the fires and the heaviest pollution,...

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20 May Emerging stronger: Present and future tense

By Simon Tay and Aaron ChooFor The Straits Times Some may question the need to think about emerging stronger when Singapore is under a heightened regime of measures against the pandemic and many countries across the region are facing the worst circumstances since the first outbreak....

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19 May Towards a growing and greener regional economy

By Simon Tay and Meixi GanFor The Business Times Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is growing global recognition of another crisis that could be as big and probably worse - climate change. More governments are committing to address the problem, including China, the European Union...

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30 Mar S’pore has drawn a line on Myanmar (Mothership)

COMMENT: While international partners can try to foster dialogue between the domestic players in Myanmar, the complex situation ultimately needs to be resolved domestically. Simon Tay, Chairman at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, thinks that a complete dissolution of the military in Myanmar may not...

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25 Mar Palm oil: Import bans pressure sustainability standards

By Khor Yu Leng, Nadirah Sharif and Siti BazilahFor Eco-Business In the past year, the United States has banned the imports of palm oil and rubber-based products from three Malaysian companies following allegations of labour abuse. Environmental issues have tended to dominate the attention on these...

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18 Feb Countries should maximise cooperation on climate action

By Simon Tay and Aaron Choo For The Business Times Despite the pandemic and economic downturn, many governments and larger companies across the world are still moving ahead with action against climate change. The European Union (EU) redoubled its commitment to green recovery from the pandemic with a...

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