MANILA, Philippines – Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy is optimistic that the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will declare support to the work plan in combating trafficking in persons in the region. Cuy said the DILG, together with other Philippine national agencies, are leading the development of.. read more →

Asian trade ministers met Monday to hammer out the terms of a massive China-led pact that has taken centre stage as Washington pulls away from regional free trade deals in favour of bilateral agreements. The 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is poised to become the largest free trade agreement in the world, covering about half of its.. read more →

ASEAN, poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary coming August, has come a long way since its inception through the Bangkok Declaration. While promoting free trade and economic cooperation remains its core focus, the organization was founded in 1967 by five of its current members to maintain regional stability and safeguard against the influence of communism.. read more →

BANGKOK – A high-level policy dialogue on regional economic cooperation and integration in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) was convened during the ministerial segment of the 73rd session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) on 18 May 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The.. read more →

Southeast Asia’s digital economy is now worth more than US$50 billion, but remains highly fragmented with multiple players battling for the increasingly lucrative region. Fuelled largely by strong demand in the travel and e-commerce industries, the region had emerged as a hotly contested battleground for both large global players from the US and China as.. read more →