Thorium-based nuclear power a possible growth sector?

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With Asia expecting to see significant nuclear energy growth in the coming decades, thorium-based nuclear power could emerge as the answer for a reliable and safe energy solution for ASEAN, given that increasing economic growth will necessitate the development of reliable and safe energy solutions and energy infrastructure. According to a… Read more »

Indonesian GDP to surpass Russia, Australia by 2023: Report

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Indonesia, is set to become a trillion dollar economy as early as 2017, according to a CNBC report citing a forecast by US-based research firm IHS Global Insight. The outlook is based on the country’s current GDP growth rate of around 5.4 percent annually, with continued robustness over the next few years…. Read more »


Indonesia hindering ASEAN economic integration: Report

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Indonesia, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $870 billion and the largest market size in the region – given its huge population of about 250 million-  is  the largest ASEAN economy. It may be hindering the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), according to Malaysian news portal The Star…. Read more »


Vietnam startup scene poised to take off as ecosystem comes together

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For almost a decade, Vietnam’s startup scene has faced shortage of quality startups, lack of legal support and inadequate funding. All this is set to change with a new wave of entrepreneurs  and investors re-shaping the country’s  startup ecosystem. Several changes were already visible during Techfest, the first national event for startups (or… Read more »


Logistics: ASEAN’s Next Big Thing?

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Capitalising on the economic growth of Southeast Asia’s (ASEAN’s) emerging markets, or delivering any non-digital product, requires effectively managing a complex supply chain. ASEAN presents significant challenges in this regard, especially in countries like the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam, which are rapidly upgrading their infrastructure. Global businesses commonly centralise and consolidate logistics and supply… Read more »


Robots: The next growth sector in Southeast Asia?

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With ASEAN seemingly poised to displace China from manufacturing and other fields as it moves up the value chain, robotics and automation may be the next promising growth sectors to attract investments from venture capitalists and private equity firms in Southeast Asia. Packaged food, medical supplies and dental braces already pass through… Read more »


Vietnam, Korea sign VKFTA, plan to triple trade turnover

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The Vietnam – Korea Free Trade Agreement (VKFTA) was signed on May 5, after two years of negotiation. It has widened the door for both countries to become each other’s major trade partner. VKFTA is the first completed bilateral free trade agreement between Vietnam and its trade partners, that was… Read more »


Saudi Aramco restructing to impact Keppel & SembCorp

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Saudi Arabia is planning to restructure Saudi Aramco, the largest energy company in the world. A state-owned enterprise (SOE) that produces more than 10 per cent of global oil output, its restructuring has implications for the oil & gas industry worldwide. Driven by the need to separate it from the Saudi petroleum ministry and make it… Read more »


Will China’s South China Sea belligerence impact ASEAN investment?

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While Chinese investment in Southeast Asia has been growing, a vital part of this relationship is yet to be resolved – Chinese belligerence in the South China Sea. In particular, China has engaged in belligerence with the key ASEAN markets of Vietnam and the Philippines over maritime territory. According to a… Read more »


Prospects and pitfalls in a growing Indonesia

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The pace of expansion in Indonesia’s economy has slowed recently. Nevertheless, the infrastructure space and the construction industry is set to see a continued growth, with investment in infrastructure projects to be the main driver of growth. This kind of growth comes significant pitfalls that need to be factored into calculations, according… Read more »