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  • BUSINESS

    Learning from the lockdown

    Asia focus, Published on 13/07/2020

    » As with so much else, international development has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. How might we use the lessons learned from the experience to reshape the sector, rather than returning to the status quo?

  • BUSINESS

    Free behind bars

    Asia focus, Published on 13/07/2020

    » Business has been booming for Karulal Nagar. A manufacturer of drawstrings used in kurtis (short shirts that women wear in India), he's been earning a profit of 3,000 rupees (US$40) a day, far more than the 6,000 rupees a month that he earned in the not-so-distant past.

  • BUSINESS

    China's new aviation logistics hub

    Asia focus, Suwatchai Songwanich, Published on 13/07/2020

    » China is one of many countries seeking to strengthen the security of its supply chain in the wake of severe disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The country is improving its international express services and investing in a global aviation logistics hub as part of this move.

  • BUSINESS

    Growing back better

    Asia focus, Patpon Sabpaitoon, Published on 13/07/2020

    » The prolonged Covid-19 outbreak has caused widespread suffering as countries grapple with simultaneous health and socio-economic crises on an unprecedented scale. At a time of extreme global fragility, many businesses also remain unsure about how they can recover from the worst hardships they have ever experienced.

  • BUSINESS

    Marriage for everyone

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 13/07/2020

    » Since my university days, I have had a number of gay friends, most of whom are living happily either in Thailand or abroad. But only recently have I started to see a major shift of attitudes in Thai society toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

  • OPINION

    Standing up to hate speech

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 06/07/2020

    » As a regular social media user, I find it annoying whenever I scroll through my Facebook account to find many ads that aren't relevant to my interests. My main purpose for using social media is just that: social. I like to hear from people I don't see regularly or long-lost friends from my school days.

  • BUSINESS

    Trading up

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 06/07/2020

    » The Covid-19 pandemic has set off a wave of destruction in the global economy and it could be years before full health is restored. Global merchandise trade could fall by as much as 32% this year under the worst-case scenario outlined by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in April.

  • BUSINESS

    Indonesia banks on RCEP

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 06/07/2020

    » Indonesia is eagerly anticipating the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in November, believing the China-led trade pact could pave the way for more economic activity and a stronger recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • BUSINESS

    Leading with purpose

    Asia focus, Patpon Sabpaitoon, Published on 06/07/2020

    » The longstanding relationship between Thailand and Germany has been marked by numerous cooperation efforts that have been fundamental to advancing the kingdom's economic development. The German government development agency GIZ has been among the driving forces behind this fruitful relationship.

  • BUSINESS

    China's economic crossroads

    Asia focus, Published on 06/07/2020

    » Back in 2013, the Chinese government laid out a policy agenda that promised real reforms to an economy laden with debt and distorted by the influence of the country's large state-owned enterprise (SOE) sector. But instead of seeing that agenda through, China chose to dodge the risks entailed in pursuing a market economy, and has since reverted to what it knows best: state control over the economy and the semblance of stability that comes with it.

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