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  • BUSINESS

    Myanmar’s race against time

    Asia focus, Published on 09/07/2012

    » The reforms undertaken so far in Myanmar have given rise to expectations that are probably too high for any developing country to meet, let alone one that has been isolated from the world for half a century.

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    Brewing a regional blend

    Asia focus, Published on 09/07/2012

    » Everyone these days seems to want to run a coffee shop. Small-scale entrepreneurs like the idea of having a cosy place where they can earn an income, invite friends, play some cool CDs and enjoy a quality cup or two. Pravit Chitnarapong started out that way, and he hasn’t been able to stop.

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    Steering the Asean ship toward 2015: Is Vietnam’s man up to the task?

    Asia focus, Published on 02/07/2012

    » Open any newspaper or magazine, switch on any television station or visit any news website, and chances are you’ll encounter the buzz word AEC. Everybody seems to be looking forward to Jan 1, 2015 when the Asean Economic Community is formed — or worrying that they won’t be ready.

  • BUSINESS

    Harvest of optimism

    Asia focus, Published on 02/07/2012

    » DuPont, the US-based science company, foresees good prospects in Asean over the next decade, especially now that Myanmar has become another potential market for its products.

  • BUSINESS

    Myanmar: The next investment destination for global hotel chains?

    Asia focus, Published on 02/07/2012

    » On the back of the easing of sanctions, Myanmar is poised to witness an influx of foreign investors, especially from the West, competing to be the first to tap unique opportunities. Leisure travellers eager to experience the country for the first time will experience cultural enrichment and iconic attractions, supported by nearly 2,000 licensed tour guides nationwide who are fluent in English, as well as a good number of French and German speakers.

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    Govt.'s inaction causes Delhi to languish in the doldrums

    Asia focus, Published on 02/07/2012

    » A deep sense of pessimism prevails as India becomes mired in a deepening crisis of confidence, amid a fractious political system domestically and economic malaise globally. Average Indians have no idea where government subsidies for the poor are really going. All they see is an ever-rising cost of living.

  • BUSINESS

    Asean Vision with Local Action

    Asia focus, Published on 02/07/2012

    » It is understandable that people at times perceive Southeast Asia as a homogeneous unit, but business professionals all know that there are differences in the way one approaches doing business in each country.

  • BUSINESS

    India’s Fashion ‘Bad Boy’

    Asia focus, Published on 02/07/2012

    » He redefines opulence, glamour, design and absolute beauty. He dazzles audiences with mesmerising creations in elegant fabrics, colours and silhouettes. Being intensely concerned with design as an art form, he draws on history, fantasy and folklore to create masterpieces that retail for up to $18,000.

  • BUSINESS

    Preparing to land

    Asia focus, Published on 02/07/2012

    » It is said that the letting go of something you love is the hardest thing to do, and the globetrotting secretary-general of Asean is certainly feeling that emotion as the end of his term approaches later this year.

  • BUSINESS

    Growth prognosis

    Asia focus, Published on 09/07/2012

    » Asia Pacific today is becoming the global hub for medical tourism thanks to its great facilities and a much lower cost of medical treatment than in developed nations. Analysts predict that the region will likely represent just over a third of the global healthcare market by 2015.

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