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    The right way to finance disaster recovery

    Asia focus, Published on 11/11/2019

    » In mid-October, as Japan was being battered by Typhoon Hagibis -- the most powerful typhoon to hit the country in six decades -- it was also shaken by a magnitude 5.7 earthquake. As climate change progresses, Japan, like the rest of the world, will face increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters, necessitating costly recovery efforts. Tax increases are not the way to pay for them.

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    Headwinds ahead

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 29/04/2019

    » Amid unfavourable external economic conditions and political uncertainties at home, the outlook is dimming for Thailand and other Asian countries facing an export slowdown linked to weak trade and demand growth globally.

  • BUSINESS

    Meeting the challenges

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 29/10/2018

    » Countries in East Asia-Pacific have been advised to better prepare themselves for disasters following the earthquakes in Indonesia last month.

  • BUSINESS

    'Sleeping elephant' awakens

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 20/08/2018

    » Umesh Thakur says he has never had it so easy and comfortable. The 30-year-old lentil vendor in Greater Noida, 40 kilometres east of New Delhi, has more than doubled his profits, built a new house, opened a new shop and bought furniture, a deep-freezer and two high-end mobile phones in the last six months.

  • BUSINESS

    Myanamar reforms gather pace

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 09/04/2018

    » Myanmar has reached a critical crossroads with the start of a new financial year as the National League for Democracy (NLD) government enters its third year in office. But concrete plans for accelerated economic and political reform are in the pipeline. They mark a return to the NLD's traditional, populist principles, stressing land rights and economic fairness but with an emphasis on economic liberalisation.

  • BUSINESS

    Investing in change

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 26/02/2018

    » In a fast-changing world where demographic shifts and technology-led disruption have left millions fearful about their futures, governments alone can no longer be counted on to ride to the rescue. Businesses can and should be doing more to help create a sustainable future.

  • BUSINESS

    China's road to growth in Africa

    Asia focus, Nithi Kaveevivitchai, Published on 04/12/2017

    » While two of the biggest traditional investors in Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, are facing domestic uncertainty in light of Brexit and policy changes under President Donald Trump, China seems to be the new hope of this populous continent.

  • BUSINESS

    Mixed signals

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 13/11/2017

    » Trade and investment have been vital contributors to growth in the Asia Pacific region, where many developing economies were surging before the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Global and regional trade subsequently weakened, and while the outlook has brightened this year, clouds loom on the horizon.

  • BUSINESS

    Prosperity on the menu

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 23/10/2017

    » Food processing can be a mutually beneficial industry for Thailand and India where the former, as the Kitchen of the World, can support the latter's ambition to become the Market of the World, say Indian officials.

  • BUSINESS

    One currency to link them all: the rise of the renminbi

    Asia focus, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 21/11/2016

    » International use of the Chinese renminbi is expected to surge in the next five to 10 years given the need for financing by the Chinese government of infrastructure projects under its One Belt One Road (OBOR) programme, a banking executive says.

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