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Indonesia’s Best Hope of a Covid-19 Cure is Its Communities

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Indonesia’s Best Hope of a Covid-19 Cure is Its Communities

15 April 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: Indonesia’s Health Ministry announced 330 new Covid-19 cases as of Sunday (April 12), bringing the nationwide total to …

Kudos to Thai Covid-19 Fighters

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Kudos to Thai Covid-19 Fighters

21 April 2020

COVID-19 , Healthcare

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: In the 99 days since Covid-19 hit Thailand, the Prayut Chan-o-cha government has adjusted its handling of the pandemic. …

Covid-19 in Southeast Asia – Challenges Ahead

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Covid-19 in Southeast Asia – Challenges Ahead

22 April 2020

COVID-19 , Strategy and Partnership Programme

By Giulia Ajmone Marsan, ERIA's Strategy and Partnership Director together with Andrea Goldstein: US President Donald Trump may not always be right, in fact he …

Earth Day 2020: COVID-19's Blueprint for a Sustainable Future

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Earth Day 2020: COVID-19's Blueprint for a Sustainable Future

25 April 2020

COVID-19 , Sustainable Development Goals

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which was strikingly different from the previous years. Countries across …

Saving Southeast Asia from Another Economic Crisis

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Saving Southeast Asia from Another Economic Crisis

27 April 2020

COVID-19 , Strategy and Partnership Programme

By Giulia Ajmone Marsan, ERIA's Strategy and Partnership Director together with Andrea Goldstein: The apparent success of China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan in …

Watershed Thai Media Moment?

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Watershed Thai Media Moment?

28 April 2020

COVID-19 , Media

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: A sea change in media-government relations stemming from the daily press briefings on the Covid-19 situation has been …

Repatriation of Thais needs ramping up

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Repatriation of Thais needs ramping up

12 May 2020

Thailand

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: In recent weeks, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has accelerated efforts to bring Thai citizens stranded overseas …

Post-Pandemic ASEAN must Bridge the Digital Gender Divide

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Post-Pandemic ASEAN must Bridge the Digital Gender Divide

13 May 2020

COVID-19 , Strategy and Partnership Programme

By Giulia Ajmone Marsan, ERIA's Strategy and Partnership Director and Ms Lydia Ruddy, ERIA's Director of Communications: Asean member states have a unique opportunity to …

EU deal key to recovery of ASEAN airlines

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EU deal key to recovery of ASEAN airlines

16 May 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Alloysius Joko Purwanto, ERIA's Energy Economist and Panayotis Christidis: Following the COVID-19 outbreak, all 10 ASEAN countries have implemented strict air travel …

RCEP Talks Shouldn't Leave India out

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RCEP Talks Shouldn't Leave India out

19 May 2020

India , RCEP

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged countries around the world over the past three months and India, the world's largest …

From Containment to Recovery:  Rescuing the ASEAN from Crisis

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From Containment to Recovery: Rescuing the ASEAN from Crisis

28 May 2020

COVID-19 , Energy

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: The upcoming 36th ASEAN Summit will take place against the backdrop of severely damaged business and investor confidence …

Re-energising Thai-US relations

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Re-energising Thai-US relations

02 June 2020

Thailand , United States

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: In the 12 weeks since Michael George DeSombre took up the post of US ambassador to Thailand, he has …

Modi’s repackaging of old industrial policy won’t salvage India

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Modi’s repackaging of old industrial policy won’t salvage India

02 June 2020

COVID-19 , Finance and Macroeconomy , India

By Anita Prakash, Director for Policy Relations: On 12 May 2020, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a second economic package to counter the financial …

Indonesia COVID-19’s Stimulus: Way to Improve Safety Nets and Pre-Employment Card

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Indonesia COVID-19’s Stimulus: Way to Improve Safety Nets and Pre-Employment Card

03 June 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Lili Yan Ing, ERIA's Senior Economist and Ms Yessi Vadila: COVID-19 is a wake-up call for the world. The pandemic has brought …

Rebooting Connectivity after COVID-19

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Rebooting Connectivity after COVID-19

09 June 2020

Connectivity , COVID-19

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Exactly 10 years ago in Hanoi, under Vietnam's chair, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations adopted the Masterplan …

Post-Virus Shift can Boost Renewables

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Post-Virus Shift can Boost Renewables

13 June 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Han Phoumin, Senior Energy Economist: Residents in many of Asean's most polluted cities have been delighted to observe significant decreases in pollution …

Vietnam Leads ASEAN into Post-Virus Era

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Vietnam Leads ASEAN into Post-Virus Era

16 June 2020

COVID-19 , Viet Nam

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: After more than five months of combating Covid-19, the Asean leaders are now ready for the virtual 36th summit …

7 Secrets of Thai COVID-19 Success

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7 Secrets of Thai COVID-19 Success

23 June 2020

COVID-19 , Thailand

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: When the first coronavirus infection was detected on Jan 13, there were fears that Thailand would be the hardest …

Breaking Down Barriers to Recovery

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Breaking Down Barriers to Recovery

24 June 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Doan Thi Thanh Ha, Economist and Mr Salvador Buban, Policy Fellow: The COVID-19 pandemic has generated serious global shocks at an unprecedented …

Hydrogen: A Game-Changer for ASEAN

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Hydrogen: A Game-Changer for ASEAN

25 June 2020

ASEAN , Energy

By Dr Han Phoumin, Senior Energy Economist: For the past two decades, hydrogen has rarely been mentioned by proponents of renewable energy although it …

How COVID-19 Impacts Indonesia’s Trade

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How COVID-19 Impacts Indonesia’s Trade

30 June 2020

COVID-19 , Indonesia , Trade

By Dr Lili Yan Ing, ERIA's Senior Economist: Previous crises — whether trade driven, financial or economic — teach us that such predicaments hit …

Asean Unity in the Age of Coronavirus

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Asean Unity in the Age of Coronavirus

30 June 2020

ASEAN , COVID-19

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The opening ceremony of the 36th Asean Summit in Hanoi last Friday, attended by a roomful of local and …

Reimagining Global Value Chains after COVID-19

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Reimagining Global Value Chains after COVID-19

02 July 2020

COVID-19

By Prof Shujiro Urata, Senior Research Advisor to the President of ERIA: COVID-19 is exposing the vulnerability of global value chains (GVCs). GVCs contribute …

Navigating ASEAN’s post-COVID-19 Energy Transition

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Navigating ASEAN’s post-COVID-19 Energy Transition

07 July 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Han Phoumin, Senior Energy Economist: Daily global carbon emissions dropped by 17 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 compared with 2019 …

Engagement key to Sino-Thai Ties

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Engagement key to Sino-Thai Ties

07 July 2020

Thailand

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Gone are the days when policymakers could sit back and relax to watch Sino-Thai relations moving ahead in autopilot …

ASEAN’s Frontline Heroes: Women and the Cost of Informal Ageing Care During (and After) a Pandemic

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ASEAN’s Frontline Heroes: Women and the Cost of Informal Ageing Care During (and After) a Pandemic

10 July 2020

COVID-19 , Women Participation

By Ms Lydia Ruddy, ERIA's Director of Communications: In Indonesia, heart-breaking stories about healthcare workers who died as a result of Covid-19 started appearing in …

Indonesia and Philippines are Smart to Make Nuclear Power Plans

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Indonesia and Philippines are Smart to Make Nuclear Power Plans

12 July 2020

Energy

By Prof Jun Arima, Senior Policy Fellow for Energy and Environment: Even though critics say building nuclear power plants is an expensive and environmentally …

Thai-US Alliance Comes with New Twists

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Thai-US Alliance Comes with New Twists

14 July 2020

Thailand , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Before General James C McConville, the Chief of Staff of the US army, was able to sign the …

SMEs Need the Right Skills and Government’s Helping Hand to be Successful in E-commerce

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SMEs Need the Right Skills and Government’s Helping Hand to be Successful in E-commerce

17 July 2020

E-commerce

By Dr Rashesh Shrestha, Economist: A recent survey[1] of ASEAN SMEs showed that 8 in 10 have made technology their top investment priority. This is …

Can a Self-Reliance Strategy Pull India Out of Recession?

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Can a Self-Reliance Strategy Pull India Out of Recession?

19 July 2020

India

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: Addressing the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic recovery on May 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a historic …

RCEP the Key to East Asia's Recovery

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RCEP the Key to East Asia's Recovery

21 July 2020

RCEP

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The Asean-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will almost certainly be signed at the 37th Asean Summit in …

Scaling Renewable Energy in ASEAN:  Hydrogen as the Missing Piece

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Scaling Renewable Energy in ASEAN: Hydrogen as the Missing Piece

23 July 2020

Energy

By Dr Han Phoumin, Senior Energy Economist: Recent international headlines have been declaring the potential of hydrogen to solve some of the key issues that …

China Seeks Stronger ASEAN Ties

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China Seeks Stronger ASEAN Ties

28 July 2020

China

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: ASEAN and China will celebrate the 30th anniversary of bilateral relations next year and at issue is whether …

Building Energy Efficiency To Employ ASEAN People

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Building Energy Efficiency To Employ ASEAN People

01 August 2020

Energy

By Dr Han Phoumin, Senior Energy Economist and Ir Leong Siew Meng: The world has been struggling with the COVID-19 outbreak which has already damaged …

Australia Walks a Political Tightrope

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Australia Walks a Political Tightrope

04 August 2020

Australia

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: No country has ever been so loyal to the United States as Australia. The nation has unfailingly …

Thailand must Rethink Its Quarantine

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Thailand must Rethink Its Quarantine

11 August 2020

Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Thailand's future might well be in danger if the government does not take urgent action to recalibrate its …

Marine Lives Matter

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Marine Lives Matter

11 August 2020

Waste Management

By Mr Michikazu Kojima, Ms Ellen Putri Edita, Mr Hendro Putra Johannes, and Mr Fusanori Iwasaki: Both Japan and Jakarta have implemented new bans on …

Sustaining Diplomacy Post-COVID

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Sustaining Diplomacy Post-COVID

18 August 2020

COVID-19

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The Bangkok-based diplomatic community breathed a sigh of relief following the announcement of the new cabinet on Aug …

Thailand is not Ready for the CPTPP

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Thailand is not Ready for the CPTPP

25 August 2020

Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: In the foreseeable future, Thailand will be shying away from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific …

New Dynamics of ASEAN's External Ties

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New Dynamics of ASEAN's External Ties

01 September 2020

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Before Brexit, very few people in this part of the world would have imagined that the United Kingdom …

Biden Win a Boon or Bane for Thailand?

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Biden Win a Boon or Bane for Thailand?

08 September 2020

Thailand , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: There are only nine weeks to go before Nov 3 when American voters decide on their new president. …

ASEAN Issues 'Extraordinary' Bulletin

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ASEAN Issues 'Extraordinary' Bulletin

15 September 2020

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: ASEAN has further consolidated and displayed its true self amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the most holistic of …

Why the COVID-19 Vaccine should be Mandatory

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Why the COVID-19 Vaccine should be Mandatory

17 September 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Fauziah Zen, Senior Economist: As governments, research organizations, and pharmaceuticals race to find viable vaccines for the novel coronavirus, a recent survey published …

Policy Priorities for a Digital ASEAN

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Policy Priorities for a Digital ASEAN

22 September 2020

ASEAN

By Ms Lydia Ruddy and Dr Lurong Chen: Digital connectivity is essential to support e-commerce in the ASEAN. Southeast and East Asia together have …

Will PM Suga Lead Japan to Abe 2.0?

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Will PM Suga Lead Japan to Abe 2.0?

22 September 2020

Japan

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It was immediately obvious before last week's vote in Japan's parliament that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party wanted …

What ASEAN’s Future Energy Landscape will Hold post-COVID-19?

Opinions

What ASEAN’s Future Energy Landscape will Hold post-COVID-19?

26 September 2020

COVID-19 , Energy

By Dr Han Phoumin, Senior Energy Economist For the past two decades, ASEAN has achieved remarkable progress in the energy sector in terms of the …

Improving ASEAN COVID-19 Management: Implementation is Key

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Improving ASEAN COVID-19 Management: Implementation is Key

28 September 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Lili Yan Ing, ERIA's Senior Economist: COVID-19 has brought the worst economic impacts in the modern era, hitting the world from both …

The More the Merrier in Indo-Pacific

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The More the Merrier in Indo-Pacific

29 September 2020

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: As of last week, there are at least 8 distinctive cooperative frameworks relating to the Indo-Pacific region, which …

How Companies can Rebuild their Supply Chain Resilience after COVID-19?

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How Companies can Rebuild their Supply Chain Resilience after COVID-19?

01 October 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi and Prof Fukunari Kimura: The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the business world in an unprecedent scale and speed. It has caused …

ASEAN Mulls Role in Korean Peninsula

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ASEAN Mulls Role in Korean Peninsula

06 October 2020

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: At the recent ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), issues related to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula were …

Revisiting Indonesia’s Bioethanol Transport Fuel Policy

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Revisiting Indonesia’s Bioethanol Transport Fuel Policy

10 October 2020

Energy

By Dr Alloysius Joko Purwanto, ERIA's Energy Economist: By 2025, Indonesia aims to increase its renewable energy share to 23 percent for transportation in line …

Major Challenges Lie in Store for Biden

Opinions

Major Challenges Lie in Store for Biden

10 October 2020

ASEAN , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Despite the ongoing electoral lawsuits brought about by incumbent US President Donald Trump, it is only a matter …

COVID-19 Tests Thai-Myanmar Ties

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COVID-19 Tests Thai-Myanmar Ties

20 October 2020

COVID-19 , Myanmar , Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The surging numbers of COVID-19 infections in Yangon and northern Myanmar over the past few weeks is putting …

Diplomatic Synergy and Clarity Needed

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Diplomatic Synergy and Clarity Needed

27 October 2020

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Thailand's external engagements need the necessary synergy among intra-government agencies as well as strategic clarity. To face the …

Resilient Supply Chains For Post-COVID Asia

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Resilient Supply Chains For Post-COVID Asia

31 October 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: Cyclones, earthquakes, economic crises, and epidemics are business risks companies have been facing for decades. The COVID-19 pandemic …

Time to Upgrade ASEAN-EU relationship

Opinions

Time to Upgrade ASEAN-EU relationship

03 November 2020

ASEAN , Asia - Europe

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Today, Americans will go to the polls to elect their 46th president. It doesn't matter who the next …

ASEAN is Still Alive and Kicking (softly)

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ASEAN is Still Alive and Kicking (softly)

17 November 2020

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Despite the condescending views and criticism levied on Asean's defects and the relevancy of its small members, barring …

Can India Pull Off a Sustainable Economic Recovery?

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Can India Pull Off a Sustainable Economic Recovery?

22 November 2020

India

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: As of mid-November, India has had 8.3 million COVID infections, and the numbers do not appear to be …

ASEAN 101: 12 facts for ‘President' Biden

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ASEAN 101: 12 facts for ‘President' Biden

24 November 2020

ASEAN , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: 1. First and foremost, ASEAN is one less problem for the US globally because it is peaceful and …

Without Trump, CJK Becomes Friendlier

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Without Trump, CJK Becomes Friendlier

01 December 2020

China , Japan , Republic of Korea , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It has been a four-year hiatus for the three Asian economic powerhouses. Whatever their collaborative configurations may have …

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