In Singapore, the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) Report has been released. It recommends strategies to respond to external challenges such as subdued global growth, rapid technological change, political uncertainty and rising anti-globalisation. Despite these disruptive developments, the CFE argues Singapore can capitalise on its strengths and seize opportunities in Asia. The CFE envisages.. read more →

2017 Feb 13
February 13, 2017

Asean: Back to basics, but with a twist

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For about three decades, much of ASEAN has experienced strong growth driven by exports, demographics and growing middle-class wealth. But as we enter a new year, only one thing is certain: forecasting is difficult. Despite the volatility and uncertainty ahead, the economic “basics” of population growth and urbanization that have driven ASEAN economic growth in.. read more →

As Asean prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in October it is an opportune time to review the regions success over that period. From representing just 12 per cent of global gross domestic Product (GDP) in the early 1960s, the wider Asia-Pacific region now accounts for 31 per cent. A report by the Asian Development.. read more →

Amidst the global economic slowdown, ASEAN remains a promising region for trade and investments. A growing middle income class, increasing regional integration propelled by the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and a strong connection to China’s growth engine are set to fuel growth in Southeast Asia. With consumerism and infrastructure sectors to watch, how can companies.. read more →

2016 Nov 18
November 18, 2016

Will Asean pivot to China now?

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SINGAPORE (Nov 16): Now that Donald Trump is the US President Elect, market watchers expect the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to lapse, dashing the hopes of external markets that rely on US demand. That means Singapore would be the hardest hit among ASEAN countries by a fall in final demand from the US. Citi.. read more →