The clock is running on Nafta negotiations. Though trade among the U.S., Canada and Mexico has tripled since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994, U.S. President Donald Trump blames the accord for a loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs and for trade deficits. Talks to update Nafta effectively began last August with a pair.. read more →

China’s massive build program to recreate trade routes stretching from Asia to Africa and Europe is gaining momentum. Since President Xi Jinping’s flagship Belt and Road project was announced about five years ago, it gave impetus to billions of dollars of Chinese investment — some of which were already in the pipeline for several years.. read more →

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is setting up a special court to tackle rising numbers of human trafficking cases, in a move welcomed by campaigners who said it would help deliver justice to victims. The nation relies heavily on foreign domestic workers as well as labourers from countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal for jobs shunned by locals.. read more →

2018 Jan 14
January 14, 2018

Asean faces disruptive trends

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Electrical and electronics is one of Asean’s most important sectors, directly employing more than 2.5 million workers. FILE PIC By PHIDEL MARION G.VINELESJanuary 14, 2018 @ 10:45am ELECTRONICS is the largest export of Asean, equivalent to 25 per cent of the region’s goods exports. According to the Asean Secretariat, the bulk of the world’s consumer electronics.. read more →

Experience ASEAN Carnival, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, 12 January 2018 Good evening everybody, Ambassadors, Excellencies, fellow Singaporeans and all our ASEAN friends. Very happy to be with all of you here today because this year is Singapore’s turn to chair ASEAN and today’s event marks the formal start of our Chairmanship. The ten ASEAN member.. read more →