Sanctions and peace deal on US-North Korea summit agenda

As Donald Trump seeks progress with North Korea at a second summit, the United States (US) has a series of cards it can play including easing sanctions, signing a peace declaration or even pulling troops from South Korea.After the historic handshake between the US president and North Korean leader…

Deadly twin bomb attacks on Philippine church

At least 18 people were killed Sunday when a double bomb attack hit a Catholic church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said, days after voters backed expanded Muslim self-rule in the region.In an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group…

Can a sugar tax dent Malaysia’s sweet tooth?

With the noble goal of pushing a country’s population towards healthier alternatives, the sugar tax is a much-debated topic. While critics deride the policy as ineffective due to consumers’ resistance to change, its supporters hail the tax primarily as a means to curb soaring obesity rates, tooth…

Hot topics at Davos 2019

The World Economic Forum (WEF) wrapped up on Friday, closing out a week of panels, parties and sub-zero temperatures with more serious talk dominated by climate change and gloom over slowing growth.Here are some of the top quotes on key issues over the past week.Climate emergency"I am here to say…
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ASEAN’s role in realising the Paris Agreement

Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bear minimal historical responsibility for global carbon emissions but are equally suffering the impact of…

Electrifying Myanmar

Since sanctions by the United States (US) and European Union (EU) were lifted, Myanmar has enjoyed relatively strong economic growth. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit…

Indonesia’s dwindling oil industry

The oil and gas industry has seen turbulent times over the last 10 years, with the 2008 financial crisis as a turning point for the industry as a whole. Oil prices peaked at US$…



Making Vietnam’s textile industry sustainable

The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Vietnam are collaborating to transform Vietnam’s bourgeoning textile and apparel industry into a more sustainable one…

Malaysian automotive sector on the rise

For the past few years Malaysia’s automotive sector has proven itself to be one of Malaysia’s key industries. Figures from last year reveal that the sector played a significant role in the country’s…

Vietnam pitches itself as an investor safe haven

A red-hot economy, business-friendly policies and a Communist party led by free-traders: that’s the elevator pitch Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is delivering to global investors amid…

Is F1 the right fit for Vietnam?

Come April 2020, Vietnam will become the third country in ASEAN to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix – a major status symbol for the Communist state. Joining the ranks of Malaysia and Singapore, the…

Good fortunes in ASEAN’s financial services

Over the past decade, the financial services sector in Southeast Asia has seen growth that is nothing short of impressive. A more integrated approach in this sector has facilitated great strides in…



How 5G can transform Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is fast becoming one of the hubs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Over the past five years, the region has established itself as a leader in…

Tourism gets a boost with e-wallets

The internet has changed the way most of us live. Through internet related technological innovations such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and e-commerce, a lot…

Young ASEAN inventors making their mark

Young inventors in ASEAN are starting to break barriers and push boundaries with innovative solutions for everyday problems. From helping to prevent infant deaths to…



Saving the Indochinese tiger

Tigers once roamed wild and free across the jungles of the world. As apex predators, life was good. Fast forward to today and most of us already know that tigers around the globe are being threatened by an even deadlier predator – humans. The case is no exception in Southeast Asia which has already seen the extinction of two subspecies: the Bali tiger (extinct since the 1930s) and the Javan tiger (extinct since the 1980s).While all remaining subspecies of tigers are currently facing the very…

Studies show Jakarta quickly sinking

Studies in Indonesia this week have warned that more than a quarter of Jakarta’s 661.5 square kilometres will be submerged by water in less than a decade. As one of the world’s most populous urban centres continues to grow at an exponential rate, there is evidence to suggest that the city of 10.6 million will continue to sink rapidly if no urgent measures are taken to ensure its survival.According to a study by the geodesy research division of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), seawater…

ASEAN’s dismal child sex abuse record

Southeast Asia has a long way to go to improve its poor record of child sex abuse and exploitation, with a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) last week showing ASEAN countries to be lagging behind their global counterparts. The report titled Out of the Shadows: Shining light on the response to child sexual abuse and exploitation, included a ranking which saw the Philippines emerge as the region’s best equipped country to respond to sexual abuse and exploitation against children…

Towards sustainable tourism in ASEAN

Southeast Asian tourism officials once again stressed the need for sustainable tourism as the region’s annual tourist arrivals grew by 7.6 percent in 2018.Close to 129 million tourists visited ASEAN member states last year according to figures released during last week’s ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Vietnam. Except for Malaysia, all ASEAN member nations saw an increase in arrivals.With the encouraging increase in tourist arrivals, officials in the region reaffirmed their commitment to pepper…


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Reimagining Southeast Asia 2018

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Gandhi Memorial ASEAN Debate Competition 2018

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Asian International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur

World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018

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Hanoi, Vietnam

32nd ASEAN Summit

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Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore