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  • BUSINESS

    Big wheel

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 17/09/2018

    » Jeremy Clarkson, the outspoken former host of the hit BBC show Top Gear, once observed that a Lamborghini is for "people who want to move about in a big pantomime, massive West End musical full of colour and noise, and to hell with how fast you can go around the corner".

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    Dark enough for you?

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/08/2018

    » 'Dark tourism" is an interesting concept that did not come to my attention until I watched a Netflix series recently. Few countries actively promote offbeat or slightly dangerous pursuits but it's a niche with potential, if managed carefully -- even if it's hard to explain to your insurer.

  • BUSINESS

    Portugal explores new frontiers in Southeast Asia

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Portugal is keen to attract investment from Southeast Asian countries and also to see its own companies use Thailand as a springboard to other Asean markets.

  • BUSINESS

    Automation anxiety may be overdone, says ADB

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 28/05/2018

    » New technologies can both displace and generate jobs. Here in Asia, where demand for goods and services is growing substantially, the number of new jobs being created by new technologies is actually higher than the number they destroy, says the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

  • BUSINESS

    Token gestures

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 30/04/2018

    » Visa, the world's largest payment network, and archrival Mastercard are championing digital tokens as a new and safer option in Asia, where people under age 30 are the driving force toward rapid adoption of digital payment.

  • BUSINESS

    Terror on two wheels

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 05/02/2018

    » The motorbike has long been a popular mode of transport in Asia because it's cheaper than a car and can zip through traffic-clogged cities faster. Over half of all global motorbike sales of around 50 million units per year are in Asia and two-thirds of the people of driving age in the four top markets (India, China, Indonesia and Vietnam) own bikes.

  • BUSINESS

    Double the fun

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/01/2018

    » Sailing on the equivalent of a floating Macau, viewing spectacular shows and enjoying all-day indoor and outdoor entertainment are par for the course on the new generation of cruises serving the growing Asian leisure travel market.

  • BUSINESS

    Delivering success

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/12/2017

    » Asia's first driverless trucks began operating in October at the ExxonMobil plant on Jurong Island in Singapore, while fleets of autonomous delivery vehicles are expected to get rolling on Great Britain's motorways next year. These are just some of the headline-making developments in the brave new world of transport being promoted by the likes of Google, Tesla, Uber and major vehicle manufacturers.

  • BUSINESS

    SME success stories

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 27/11/2017

    » Southeast Asian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have successfully tapped into the global value chain say the keys to success include maintaining product standards and quality, educating customers and offering full-service solutions.

  • BUSINESS

    Best of both worlds

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 30/10/2017

    » Smart manufacturing does not always involve robots replacing people. Instead, robots should be viewed as enablers instead of disruptors, with productivity and efficiency enhanced by automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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