DOHA, Qatar — Qatar, currently boycotted by four Arab states, on Wednesday created a new permanent residents status for certain groups of foreigners, including those who have worked for the benefit of the emirate. In a first for the Gulf, Qatar’s cabinet ministers approved the measures, the official QNA press agency reported, in a move.. read more →

New Delhi, India: Calling for collective action to protect and assist victims of human trafficking, senior government officials and experts from India, Bangladesh and Nepal emphasised the need to institutionalize a regional referral mechanism to boost joint efforts at a convening hosted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) South Asia and the.. read more →

The regional bloc’s unity and mettle have been put to the test over the last 5 decades MANILA, Philippines – Fifty years since it was founded, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come a long way. Beginning with 5 countries in 1967, ASEAN’s membership has doubled, and along with it comes opportunities for cooperation.. read more →

While the newly enacted regional trade pact acknowledges the need for skilled labor mobility, only seven service professions have been approved for cross-border employment Almost three million Southeast Asian professionals are working in Europe, North America and Oceania at a time when their home region is bidding to bridge skills gaps by facilitating greater labor.. read more →

(Continued from here) THE Chairman’s Statement during the last Asean Summit (April 2017) drew a bright picture of future Asean economic growth prospects. “Asean’s combined GDP stood at $2.55 trillion in the first half of 2016, with a robust year-on-year real GDP growth rate of 4.7 percent despite the challenging global environment The region’s economic.. read more →