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  • BUSINESS

    Waiting for China

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 23/05/2022

    » Since China began to open up and reform its economy in 1978, growth has averaged almost 10% a year, and more than 800 million people have been lifted out of poverty. There have also been significant improvements in access to health, education and other services, with the mainland now an upper-middle-income country.

  • OPINION

    Time to move on from Zero Covid

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 23/05/2022

    » It's finally time for Shanghai residents to breathe easier and feel a greater sense of freedom. After nearly two months of lockdown, the commercial hub of 25 million started to allow more people to go out to buy groceries for the first time last Thursday after a fifth straight day of no new Covid-19 infections outside quarantine areas.

  • OPINION

    Politics and peril for Asian women

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 16/05/2022

    » The political landscape in Asia has been very dynamic lately, but it is a disappointment to me personally that events have not been kind to women.

  • BUSINESS

    Holiday mood

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 09/05/2022

    » Returning to Phuket for the first time in three years, Henri Giscard d'Estaing is busy visiting government officials and business partners on the southern island world-renowned for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, historical old town and delicious food.

  • OPINION

    The case for a four-day work week

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 09/05/2022

    » Having a work-life balance is a growing priority for many workers. It has come into even sharper focus as employees learn how to live with the pressure brought by the protracted coronavirus pandemic.

  • BUSINESS

    Food price solutions a priority

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 02/05/2022

    » Food prices are on the rise everywhere in the world. In Thailand, prices of limes have been at historical highs for months, now as much as 10 baht each in wet markets. Instant noodle makers want to hike their prices by up to 20% as raw material costs have surged, but Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit insists they can't.

  • BUSINESS

    China must rethink Zero Covid

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 25/04/2022

    » It finally feels like the world, collectively, is moving in one direction. Toward reopening. Toward the new normal. Hong Kong, after some of the world's strictest quarantine rules kept Covid-19 at bay for almost two years, last Thursday reopened gyms, beauty parlours, theme parks and cinemas for the first time in more than four months.

  • OPINION

    Don't leave small businesses behind

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 18/04/2022

    » The time has finally come again for the tourism industry. As many countries start learning to live with Covid-19, travel restrictions are being eased and people are hitting the road after staying put for more than two years.

  • OPINION

    Safe, healthy travel a priority

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 11/04/2022

    » The hearts of all Thais are blessed and looking forward to Wednesday when the five-day Songkran holiday begins. It will be the first time in three years for us to celebrate the traditional New Year known for joyous water splashing at the hottest time of the year.

  • TRAVEL

    Challenges for Asean

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 11/04/2022

    » Over two years after the coronavirus emerged, countries across Asia are slowly beginning to recover. In Southeast Asia, economic growth is projected to pick up to 5.1% this year, from 3.2% in 2021. With 400 million people, or 59% of the population, fully vaccinated, many economies are well on the way to reopening.

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