One program in Thailand helps improve housing standards in poor urban areas by providing financial assistance and partnering with NGOs and communities. Read the full article at read more →

MIGRANT workers in Thailand should not be criminalised for reporting abuse and exploitation, a rights watchdog told the Junta government on Wednesday, urging the abolition of the kingdom’s criminal defamation law. Human Rights Watch (HRW), responding to the criminal defamation case against 14 Burmese migrant workers who accused their employer of violating their labour rights,.. read more →

BANGKOK, 1st June 2017 (NNT) – As many as 14 million low-income earners have registered with the Ministry of Finance in a social welfare program designed to improve their lives. Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong said today the profiles of those registering with the program would be submitted to the Ministry of the Interior for verification… read more →

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – Poverty reduction is the key to success behind ASEAN’s plan become an integrated regional market by 2015. A senior economist of the Asian Development Bank said that ASEAN governments need to promote cross border trade and investments to slash poverty levels, close the “development” gap between wealthy and poorer nations and.. read more →

2011 Sep 27
September 27, 2011

Narrowing the gaps in Asean

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After more than four decades of conscious efforts for greater integration of their economies, the five original members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean)—Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand—find their economies no closer to each other than they were when they first formally got together in 1967. It was hoped then that.. read more →