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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Saving Southeast Asia from Another Economic Crisis

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Saving Southeast Asia from Another Economic Crisis

27 April 2020

COVID-19

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 …

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 …

Covid-19 in Southeast Asia – Challenges Ahead

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Covid-19 in Southeast Asia – Challenges Ahead

22 April 2020

COVID-19

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 …

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. …

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 …

Will COVID-19 Devastate the Indian Economy?

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Will COVID-19 Devastate the Indian Economy?

14 April 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: The economic impact of COVID-19 on India will depend on a number of factors: the virus spread itself, …

Covid Catch-22: Saving Lives or Rights?

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Covid Catch-22: Saving Lives or Rights?

07 April 2020

COVID-19

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, several countries have given special powers to their leaders, regardless of the political …

COVID-19 and the ‘Zoom’ to New Global Value Chains

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COVID-19 and the ‘Zoom’ to New Global Value Chains

05 April 2020

COVID-19

By Prof Fukunari Kimura, ERIA's Chief Economist, Christopher Findlay, and Shandre Thangavelu: COVID-19 has sent shock waves running up and down global value chains (GVCs). …

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 …

Elaborating Transportation Policy during the Covid-19 Pandemic in Indonesia

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Elaborating Transportation Policy during the Covid-19 Pandemic in Indonesia

18 March 2020

COVID-19

By Dr Alloysius Joko Purwanto , Energy Economist: The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has reached 172[1], an increase of 86 times since …

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

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

By Anita Prakash, Director for Policy Relations: As an evolving platform for regional architecture and economic growth, Indo-Pacific got a constructive nod from the leaders …

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

By Prof Jun Arima, Senior Policy Fellow for Energy and Environment: On September 14, drone attacks -- claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels -- hit …

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

By Dr Alloysius Joko Purwanto, Energy Economist: People living in the urban areas of Indonesia may soon see plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) running on their …

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

By Dr Rashesh Shrestha, Economist: Anxiety about the future of work is growing. Individuals, businesses, and policymakers, worried that increasing automation will make human labor …

Strengthening Global Governance & Multilateralism

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Strengthening Global Governance & Multilateralism

03 June 2019

Global , Global Governance and Multilateralism

By Anita Prakash, Director for Policy Relations: Global governance systems must resonate with the interests of all of their members – small or large, developed …

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

By Dr Yanfei Li: The road transport sector faces challenges in both energy security and environmental concern According to International Energy Agency (IEA), the …

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

By Cantika Rustandi, Communications Consultant: The past few years point to signs of a changing global order that has significantly impacted global stability. Many countries …

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 …

Opinions

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 …

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