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Promoting Innovation

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Promoting Innovation

04 April 2016

Industry and Manufacturing , Innovation and Technology

By Yasushi Ueki Fostering self-motivated people is fundamental in promoting innovation. Recently ASEAN member states (AMS) put more emphasis on engineering and science to promote …

Building the Infrastructure Industry in East Asia Emerging Economies

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Building the Infrastructure Industry in East Asia Emerging Economies

02 May 2016

Finance and Macro Economy , Infrastructure , Investment

By Fauziah Zen The short supply of infrastructure in majority of emerging economies wasan alarming issue recently due to its impeding effect on economic growthand …

Globalisation and Wage Inequality

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Globalisation and Wage Inequality

04 July 2016

Industry and Manufacturing , Poverty and Sustainable Development Goals , Social Protection , Trade

By Dionisius Narjoko Two important economic trends have emerged during the past few decades: rapid globalisation and increasing wage inequality. Developing countries, in particular, have …

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens (RURB) in ASEAN's Priority Integration Sectors

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Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens (RURB) in ASEAN's Priority Integration Sectors

31 August 2016

Competitiveness , Finance and Macro Economy , Investment , Regulation and Governance

By Yuanita Suhud ASEAN is standing at a momentous juncture. With the emergence of mega trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the …

Simplifying Rules of Origin, Reducing Non-tariff Barriers

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Simplifying Rules of Origin, Reducing Non-tariff Barriers

22 September 2016

Finance and Macro Economy , Regulation and Governance , Trade

By Lili Yan Ing and Olivier Cadot The economic growth of East Asia has outperformed the world's growth for the last two decades. The emerging …

Going Back to the Spirit of ASEAN Charter

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Going Back to the Spirit of ASEAN Charter

23 September 2016

ASEAN

By Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria While the grouping's 'internal' summits are meant to be business-like, the summits with its dialogue partners have been a chance …

How to Unlock the Potentials of ASEAN to Advance the SDG 2030 Agenda?

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How to Unlock the Potentials of ASEAN to Advance the SDG 2030 Agenda?

31 October 2016

ASEAN , Regulation and Governance , Sustainable Development Goals

By Venkatachalam Anbumozhi Building on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in September 2016, world leaders signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals …

How ASEAN can Advance the SDG Agenda

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How ASEAN can Advance the SDG Agenda

31 October 2016

Sustainable Development Goals

By Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist Building on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in September 2016, world leaders signed up to the …

China's Trade Expansion: A Friend or a Foe for ASEAN Countries?

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China's Trade Expansion: A Friend or a Foe for ASEAN Countries?

30 November 2016

ASEAN , Competitiveness , Finance and Macro Economy , Industry and Manufacturing , Trade

By Rahmasari Istiandari The rapidly changing dynamics of global trade has prompted countries to continuously examine their roles in international trade, considering the fact that …

INSIGHT: Trump's Economic Policy and Impact on Indonesian Economy

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INSIGHT: Trump's Economic Policy and Impact on Indonesian Economy

13 December 2016

Finance and Macro Economy , Industry and Manufacturing , Investment , Regulation and Governance , Trade

By Lili Yan Ing There are many questions about United States president-elect Donald Trump's economic policy and how it will affect the Indonesian economy. Although …

Accelerate the RCEP to Consolidate Asian Regional Integration

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Accelerate the RCEP to Consolidate Asian Regional Integration

02 January 2017

ASEAN , Finance and Macro Economy , Industry and Manufacturing , Investment , Regulation and Governance , Trade

By Lurong Chen There have been many statements in the media lately about the impact of the United States election on Asia, and specifically …

As the World Turns Away from Globalisation, How Should ASEAN Respond?

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As the World Turns Away from Globalisation, How Should ASEAN Respond?

05 January 2017

ASEAN , Finance and Macro Economy , Industry and Manufacturing , Investment , Regulation and Governance , Trade

By Lili Yan Ing After close to 70 years of trade liberalisation, a series of recent events (among others, Brexit in the U.K. and Donald …

The United States Non-stop Pivot to Asia

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The United States Non-stop Pivot to Asia

31 January 2017

ASEAN , Finance and Macro Economy , Industry and Manufacturing , Investment , Regulation and Governance , Trade

By Lurong Chen The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is stranded, but the United States (US) 'pivot to Asia' is not. For the foreseeable future, the Asia-Pacific …

RCEP: More Relevant Now Than Ever

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RCEP: More Relevant Now Than Ever

31 January 2017

ASEAN , Finance and Macro Economy , Industry and Manufacturing , Investment , Regulation and Governance , Trade

By Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria When President-elect Donald Trump called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) a 'disaster' and vowed to pull out …

Protectionism Thrives in the West: Is the Pendulum of Globalisation Swinging to the East?

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Protectionism Thrives in the West: Is the Pendulum of Globalisation Swinging to the East?

28 February 2017

ASEAN , Industry and Manufacturing , Trade

By Rizqy Anandhika Globalisation is facing a major test of sustainability in the west with trade protectionism and populism mushrooming, but the trend is unlikely …

The US and ASEAN: Deal or No Deal?

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The US and ASEAN: Deal or No Deal?

31 March 2017

ASEAN , Investment , Trade

By Lili Yan Ing and Abigail Should the United States and ASEAN make a trade deal? First, let us discuss the economies. Over the past …

ASEAN Monetary Authorities Brace for Uncertain 2017

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ASEAN Monetary Authorities Brace for Uncertain 2017

31 March 2017

ASEAN , Finance and Macro Economy , Regulation and Governance

By Jaysa Rafi Prana ASEAN members must remain vigilant to ensure a stable 2017 follows their solid 2016, and are cautiously observing the latest developments …

How Far Can the RCEP Ship Sail?

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How Far Can the RCEP Ship Sail?

31 March 2017

ASEAN , FTA , RCEP , Trade

By Maura Ada Décosterd Painted against the backdrop of a platinum-standard Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) appeared, at least for …

RCEP Facing a Critical Deadline

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RCEP Facing a Critical Deadline

30 April 2017

ASEAN , FTA , RCEP , Trade , Trade Facilitation

By Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria ASEAN is well on its way to becoming a global leader for regional integration and an important …

Electrifying Emerging ASEAN through Off-grid Distributed Renewable Energy Systems

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Electrifying Emerging ASEAN through Off-grid Distributed Renewable Energy Systems

30 April 2017

ASEAN , Energy , Regulation and Governance

By Han Phoumin Some 134 million people in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region do not have access to electricity (IEA and ERIA, …

After Brexit, an ASEAN-EU Trade Agreement?

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After Brexit, an ASEAN-EU Trade Agreement?

30 April 2017

ASEAN , FTA , Trade

By Lili Yan Ing and Abigail Rising anti-globalisation sentiment Since World War II, the world has experienced a steady wave of globalisation. However, a series …

ADB at 50: Is it Ready to Face the New Challenges and Stay Relevant?

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ADB at 50: Is it Ready to Face the New Challenges and Stay Relevant?

10 May 2017

ADB , Capacity Building , Finance and Macroeconomy , Sustainable Development Goals

By Venkatachalam Anbumozhi More than 5,000 high profile delegates from all over the world are expected to attend the 50th Annual Meeting of the Asian …

Propelling ASEAN towards Clean Coal Technology

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Propelling ASEAN towards Clean Coal Technology

11 May 2017

ASEAN , Coal , Energy , Innovation and Technology

By Han Phoumin Coal, the most abundant and reliable energy resource, will continue to be the dominant energy source in power generation to meet the …

How to Unlock the Potentials of ASEAN's Private Sector for the Great Energy Transition?

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How to Unlock the Potentials of ASEAN's Private Sector for the Great Energy Transition?

11 May 2017

ASEAN , Energy , Energy Security , Investment , Regulation and Governance

By Venkatachalam Anbumozhi South East Asian countries are faced with a set of interconnected yet fundamental energy transition dilemmas. The region's rapidly industrialising economies, intensifying …

Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies in ASEAN, India, and China

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Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies in ASEAN, India, and China

18 May 2017

ASEAN , China , Energy , Energy Security , India , Regulation and Governance

By Han Phoumin Energy is heavily subsidised across the globe and energy subsidies exert an extensive economic burden on many countries, particularly on developing economies. …

Is the United States Ceding the Climate and Clean Energy Leadership to China?

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Is the United States Ceding the Climate and Clean Energy Leadership to China?

26 May 2017

China , Energy , Sustainable Development Goals

By Venkatachalam Anbumozhi What happens if the United States (US) is not ready to lead the world on Climate Change and the Clean Energy Transition? …

The Next Revolution of Energy: Energy as Services

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The Next Revolution of Energy: Energy as Services

30 May 2017

Energy , Infrastructure , Innovation and Technology , Services

By Yanfei Li Modern life can be characterized as a constant quest for energy. We make it a daily routine to refill our gas tanks, …

Should East Asia Retaliate against US Trade Policy?

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Should East Asia Retaliate against US Trade Policy?

31 May 2017

Finance and Macroeconomy , Regulation and Governance , Trade

By Lili Yan Ing and Jaysa Rafi Prana Trump's aggressive stance could backfire on his country in the long term. President Donald Trump's trade agenda …

Solar Power for Poor Rural Households in ASEAN: Lessons from Cambodia

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Solar Power for Poor Rural Households in ASEAN: Lessons from Cambodia

30 June 2017

Cambodia , Energy , Energy Security , Innovation and Technology

By Han Phoumin In an innovative initiative to increase access to electrical power, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has adopted a rural electrification master …

Four Narratives of ASEAN that Makes It Unique at 50

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Four Narratives of ASEAN that Makes It Unique at 50

11 August 2017

ASEAN , [email protected]

By Venkatachalam Anbumozhi The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which observes the golden jubilee of its foundation on 8 August, has come a long …

The Digital Economy is Necessary for ASEAN to Benefit from Industry 4.0

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The Digital Economy is Necessary for ASEAN to Benefit from Industry 4.0

31 August 2017

ASEAN , Digital Economy

By Rizqy Anandhika From AI and robots to big data and clean energy, disruptive technologies are rapidly redefining our daily lives, our businesses, our economies. …

Tackling Connectivity Issues Vital to Participating in Global E-Commerce

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Tackling Connectivity Issues Vital to Participating in Global E-Commerce

30 September 2017

Digital Economy , E-commerce

By Lurong Chen Cross-border e-commerce has been a major development trend of international trade and globalization, which provides ASEAN and East Asia with greater opportunities. …

Benefits of Increasing Emission Standards for Coal-fired Power Plants in ASEAN beyond Environment and Health

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Benefits of Increasing Emission Standards for Coal-fired Power Plants in ASEAN beyond Environment and Health

02 October 2017

Coal , Energy

By Han Phoumin The East Asia Summit region depends heavily on coal, given its abundance, as a reliable energy source. Coal use patterns around the …

ASEAN@50: Building an ASEAN Community, Identity to Deepen Economic Integration

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[email protected]: Building an ASEAN Community, Identity to Deepen Economic Integration

01 November 2017

ASEAN , [email protected]

By Jaysa Rafi Prana The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has played an essential role in maintaining peace and building prosperity in the region …

Emerging Asia to be the Global Epicentre of E-Commerce by 2025

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Emerging Asia to be the Global Epicentre of E-Commerce by 2025

01 December 2017

Digital Economy , E-commerce , Innovation and Technology

By Lurong Chen Over $25 billion in the gross merchandise volume was settled within within 24 hours through Alibaba's online retail marketplaces on this year's …

Rethinking a Circular Economy in the Face of Climate Change

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Rethinking a Circular Economy in the Face of Climate Change

30 January 2018

Circular Economy , Climate Change

World leaders and climate negotiators have continued efforts to address climate change despite the United States relinquishing leadership. So it was perhaps with some …

Australia and Japan Should Seize the Moment on Trade

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Australia and Japan Should Seize the Moment on Trade

21 February 2018

Australia , Japan , Trade

Australia and Japan should take advantage of a recent win on the Trans-Pacific Partnership to push for further trade integration in the region, Fukunari Kimura …

ASEAN Rides the E-commerce Wave: Infrastructure, Human Capital, and Regulatory Frameworks

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ASEAN Rides the E-commerce Wave: Infrastructure, Human Capital, and Regulatory Frameworks

28 February 2018

ASEAN , E-commerce , Regulation and Governance

With the emergence of the digital economy driving economic growth and creating new business opportunities around the world, how can the ASEAN nations catch this …

Australia and Japan’s Light Bulb Moment

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Australia and Japan’s Light Bulb Moment

12 March 2018

Australia , Energy , Japan

The future of Australia-Japan energy cooperation will be increasingly shaped by the growing demands of their Asian neighbours, Venkatachalam Anbumozhi writes. Current energy cooperation between …

Diagnosing the Causes of Inequality Crucial to Creating Good Policy in ASEAN

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Diagnosing the Causes of Inequality Crucial to Creating Good Policy in ASEAN

30 April 2018

ASEAN , Poverty

One startling figure about recent global growth is that 82% of all wealth created in the last year went to the top 1%. After focusing …

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