ASEAN and a renewable energy future

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The advent of the new technologies, such as the Tesla Powerwall, has implications for the energy infrastructure of ASEAN and the renewable energy sector worldwide, says  an EDB article. The Tesla Powerwall is a wall-mounted energy storage unit able to store 10 kilowatt hours of electric energy and deliver it at an… Read more »

The Polish solution to Myanmar’s banking sector

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Most emerging post-socialist economies face the same particular dilemma; How to reform and develop the banking sector. The centrally-planned, state-command economies were usually characterised by a mono-bank system with a quasi-central bank being also a quasi-commercial entity. Thus, in the process of market institutionalisation one would have to create a… Read more »


Race for the control of Vinamilk raise concerns over management

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The largest dairy firm in Vietnam, Vinamilk has been at the centre of controversy with reports of direct confrontation between the company’s board of directors and the firm’s largest shareholder, the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC). The disputes over different corporate governance perspectives, that started two years ago, came to… Read more »


Mary Jane Veloso’s right: “Don’t go abroad, build something in the Philippines”

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On the night of April 29, 2015, Mary Jane Veloso’s saga in Indonesia took another dramatic turn: the Filipina was granted an eleventh-hour reprieve from her scheduled execution, much to the surprise of even her closest friends and family. Of all the lessons we can take from Veloso’s story, the… Read more »


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 »