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  • BUSINESS

    Inequality a growing challenge for rising Asean

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 30/04/2018

    » The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) had a lot to celebrate when it marked its 50th anniversary last year. The region has undergone a significant transformation from a bloc of underdeveloped countries to become one of the world's most dynamic economic drivers.

  • BUSINESS

    Seoul support

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 23/04/2018

    » This year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Thailand and South Korea and there is indeed much to celebrate. Since 1958, the two nations have steadily developed a mutually beneficial relationship in key areas from politics and economics to culture and tourism. Bilateral trade has increased tremendously from US$59 million in 1978 to $13 billion in 2015.

  • OPINION

    Regulate innovation but don't kill it

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 23/04/2018

    » It's been an exhausting few weeks for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who stands accused of failing to prevent major data breaches and malign interference in the political process in the US and elsewhere. The CEO of the world's largest social network was roasted by US lawmakers in 10 hours of hearings for failing to protect Facebook users' private data.

  • BUSINESS

    Grey shades in the rainbow

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 23/04/2018

    » After years of legal invisibility, growing restlessness and protest, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities are finally seeing some progress toward global equality. Particularly in Europe, rising public awareness is being reflected in landmark legislation that recognises same-sex marriage, outlaws discrimination and promotes inclusive social policies.

  • BUSINESS

    The third path

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 23/04/2018

    » Rooted in traditional norms and religious beliefs dating back centuries, our world has long accepted gender as a binary concept consisting of two identities: male and female. Thus, only those whose gender identities match their birth-sex enjoy fundamental human rights.

  • OPINION

    Education and the creative economy

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 02/04/2018

    » Following the raging success of the soap opera Buppaesannivas (Love Destiny), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha floated the idea to help fund the production of Thai dramas that incorporate historical and cultural elements. If this sounds familiar, it should.

  • BUSINESS

    Asia's energy challenge

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 26/03/2018

    » Asia's rapid development over the past four decades has transformed the region's stature in the world economy, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and creating new opportunities for future prosperity.

  • BUSINESS

    Entrepreneurial banker

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 03/10/2016

    » From oilfield engineer to one of Indonesia's most influential bankers, Helman Sitohang is a big believer that instinct is the most powerful driver when it comes to leading a person to where he should be.

  • BUSINESS

    Appeal of Hua Hin undimmed

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 29/08/2016

    » The deadly bomb blast in Hua Hin in mid-August worried some couples planning destination weddings in Thailand, but most view the incident as an isolated occurrence that will not have a long-term impact.

  • BUSINESS

    Destination weddings

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 29/08/2016

    » Asia remains an affordable wedding wonderland for lovebirds across the world with abundant choices from white sandy beaches to ancient temple settings. While destination weddings have long been popular in Western cultures, Asian couples are now embracing the trend.

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