Cambodian garment workers walk in front of a factory in Phnom Penh on November 12, 2014. (Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP Photo) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a collective of 10 economies has made immense strides over the past 51 years. A significant milestone for the bloc was the establishment of the.. read more →

E-commerce and the digital economy will be a key focus for Singapore when it takes over the Asean chairmanship next year. Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Ministry of Education), yesterday said the country will also work to improve trade facilitation in a bid to help companies.. read more →

Asean Economic Community hindered by different levels of development and priorities Asean has just turned 50 and is almost a household name today, both within and beyond Asia. Established in 1967, Asean’s initial focus was on politico-security issues. Its proactive engagement with the region has contributed to sustained peace and stability in South-east Asia. Asean’s.. read more →

The fourth industrial revolution (4IR)—the interaction of technologies across the physical, digital, and biological realms—is expected to disrupt everything, from institutional structures of government bodies to operating models of businesses. The new revolution, much like previous ones, will test countries’ ability to adapt to new systems. In the case of the Association of Southeast Asian.. read more →

Competition for infrastructure financing is heating up in Asia. China is investing billions in mega-infrastructure projects under President Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as designing new financing mechanisms beyond the Bretton Woods institutions. Against this backdrop, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) now faces the challenge of reforming itself and remaining competitive as.. read more →