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ASEAN: A Region Gaining in Global Relevance For many Asian companies looking to expand into new markets, targeting the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has long been a logical move. The 10-nation region is expected to remain resilient in...
Forget “Made in China”. There’s a new global buzzphrase: “Made in Vietnam”. Indeed, the once war-torn nation is fast-positioning itself as a key manufacturing hub. One in 10 smartphones in the world – you may be reading this article from...
The buzz around the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Economic Community (AEC) implemented at the end of 2015 seems to have died down recently, even as the 10-member bloc continues to work towards breaking down barriers and bridging borders. According...
Small businesses should take advantage of technology and export to stay competitive. Businesses have not had it easy in recent years. A weakened ringgit, rising costs, labour shortage and weaker consumer spending are only some of the challenges faced by...
World leaders and climate negotiators have continued efforts to address climate change despite the United States relinquishing leadership. So it was perhaps with some irony to observers when US President Trump visited Viet Nam earlier this month, just after...
If you want to work abroad, you typically need a job offer and a work permit. If you are in a regulated profession—i.e., if you provide a service to the public where regulators need to impose basic standards and...
Foreign domestic workers have become integral and essential to many Singaporean households. They pick up kids, take care of elders, clean the house, and cook for the family. Many of them are from less developed Southeast Asian countries, mostly...
Cross-border e-commerce has been a major development trend of international trade and globalization, which provides ASEAN and East Asia with greater opportunities. However, the digital economy presents both opportunities and challenges, and the difference between them is determined by...
Singapore imports 90% of its food. A large, but probably unsurprising number for anyone with some knowledge about its size and economy. It is also the 3rd most food secure country among 113 nations — at least according to the...
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 wave and ride it? What obstacles do they need to overcome to participate fully...

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