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Imagining a Post-Coronavirus World

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Imagining a Post-Coronavirus World

31 March 2020

COVID-19 , Healthcare

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Prior to the World Health Organization categorising the Covid-19 outbreak as a global pandemic, nobody would have imagined that …

Covid-19: Asean must act more boldly

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Covid-19: Asean must act more boldly

24 March 2020

COVID-19 , Healthcare

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The past 12 weeks have displayed Asean's strengths and exposed weaknesses when the grouping has had to respond to …

Asia’s Central Banks Must Rise to the Challenge of Climate Change

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Asia’s Central Banks Must Rise to the Challenge of Climate Change

17 March 2020

Climate Change

By Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: Climate change is already a reality. The deadly bushfires in Australia, ferocious flooding in Indonesia and extended droughts in …

Connectivity Plans in Indo-Pacific Need Institutional Support for Governance, Standards, and Sustainable Financing

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Connectivity Plans in Indo-Pacific Need Institutional Support for Governance, Standards, and Sustainable Financing

27 December 2019

Connectivity , Governance

As an evolving platform for regional architecture and economic growth, Indo-Pacific got a constructive nod from the leaders of 18 member countries at the 14th …

Saudi oil attack is wake-up call for Asian economies

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Saudi oil attack is wake-up call for Asian economies

19 September 2019

Energy

On September 14, drone attacks -- claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels -- hit the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil production facilities. These attacks took out …

Can Electric Vehicles Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Indonesia?

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Can Electric Vehicles Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Indonesia?

26 August 2019

Energy , Indonesia

People living in the urban areas of Indonesia may soon see plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) running on their streets now that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo …

Education Reform: A Policy Imperative for Changing Labor Market

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Education Reform: A Policy Imperative for Changing Labor Market

01 July 2019

Education , Labour and Migration

Anxiety about the future of work is growing. Individuals, businesses, and policymakers, worried that increasing automation will make human labor obsolete, are seeking ways to …

Strengthening Global Governance & Multilateralism

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Strengthening Global Governance & Multilateralism

03 June 2019

Global , Global Governance and Multilateralism

Global governance systems must resonate with the interests of all of their members – small or large, developed or developing – including those that have …

Hydrogen for ASEAN Countries’ Clean Energy Transition  in Road Transport Sector

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Hydrogen for ASEAN Countries’ Clean Energy Transition in Road Transport Sector

14 May 2019

ASEAN , Energy

The road transport sector faces challenges in both energy security and environmental concern According to International Energy Agency (IEA), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations …

Indonesia and Japan: a role model in bilateral relations

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Indonesia and Japan: a role model in bilateral relations

14 February 2019

Indonesia , Japan

The past few years point to signs of a changing global order that has significantly impacted global stability. Many countries are working together to strike …

Tariffs a threat to clean energy future of Asia

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Tariffs a threat to clean energy future of Asia

14 December 2018

Climate Change , Energy

Delegates from around the world have gathered in Katowice, Poland, to discuss how to curb greenhouse gas emissions in order to realize the goals enshrined …

Managing the G20's relevance: Japan's presidential agenda

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Managing the G20's relevance: Japan's presidential agenda

07 December 2018

Japan

JAKARTA - The leaders of the Group of 20 — the world’s 19 wealthiest nations plus the European Union — gathered in Buenos Aires last …

Eyes on Indonesia: Short-term Pain, Long-term Gain

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Eyes on Indonesia: Short-term Pain, Long-term Gain

10 October 2018

Indonesia , Infrastructure , Investment

Many eyes are on Indonesia, questioning the attractiveness of the country as an investment destination amid significant rupiah depreciation. Is it still smart to put …

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Hydrogen on the rise as clean fuel

01 October 2018

Energy

Market conditions, gains in technology build momentum for a crucial role for the gas in the future energy landscape Hydrogen has long been widely applied …

Saving the Planet and Making Profit: A Nexus Governance Approach for ASEAN

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Saving the Planet and Making Profit: A Nexus Governance Approach for ASEAN

28 June 2018

ASEAN , Energy , Environment , Sustainable Development Goals

ASEAN has put together an ambitious sustainable development agenda with its 2025 community vision. It has also played an important role in shaping the United …

Implications of the Growing Tensions over Trade between the US and China for ASEAN: What to Expect and A Way Forward

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Implications of the Growing Tensions over Trade between the US and China for ASEAN: What to Expect and A Way Forward

23 May 2018

ASEAN , China , Trade , United States

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has played an essential role in building prosperity in the region in its 50 years of existence. ASEAN’s …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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? …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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