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  • BUSINESS

    Swipe and go

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 01/01/2017

    » Planning a trip abroad for the coming New Year holiday? In the old days, if you were a holidaymaker or a business traveller, you probably would have booked a trip through a travel agent and when you got to your destination, bought a map and rented a car to get yourself around.

  • BUSINESS

    Cash crops a short-term fix, but long-term plan essential

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 25/01/2016

    » For the past 30 years, Prasert Thongsiri's daily routine has consisted of walking to his five-rai rubber tree plantation in Songkhla around 1 am and spending the next five hours there tapping latex. He inherited the plantation from his father, who was also a rubber tapper, and has enjoyed a substantial income from it, helping to fund the education of his two children.

  • OPINION

    Trade war hurts everyone

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 09/04/2018

    » The war is about to begin and it won't do any good to anyone. As trade tensions rise between the world's two major economies, all of us are facing a major challenge.

  • BUSINESS

    Hanoi puts car policy in reverse

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 29/01/2018

    » I shouldn't be surprised, but Vietnam's imposition of stringent checks on imported vehicles has sent shockwaves through international automakers, local consumers and also investors who see the country as a promising destination.

  • BUSINESS

    Our shared climate challenge

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 27/11/2017

    » A big shift in climate patterns affects human lives and the economy. On a personal level, the allergy I have had for years always gets worse when weather conditions change. On a broader scale, flash floods seem more frequent in Thailand after heavy downpours, some of which strike when the rainy season is supposed to be over.

  • OPINION

    Gearing up for an EV world

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 18/09/2017

    » It's welcome news for the environment when China sets out to ban the production and sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles. Even though there's no definite timetable yet, the announcement by the world's largest automobile market is already diving up the shares of automakers and battery makers in Asia, including the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) leader BYD.

  • BUSINESS

    One voice for all

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 31/07/2017

    » As China spreads its wings across the globe, Southeast Asian nations need a unified diplomatic approach in order to prevent intervention in their domestic affairs while maintaining good ties with other key partners, Japanese executives say.

  • BUSINESS

    New frontiers for Taiwan

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 27/03/2017

    » Growing business opportunities in Southeast Asian nations have captured interest from leading Taiwanese firms that are entering these new markets.

  • BUSINESS

    Fine tuning online

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 01/01/2017

    » With substantial growth foreseen for online travel booking in the years to come, companies in related businesses have strengthened their presence by introducing new services and applications in order to reach potential customers.

  • BUSINESS

    Don't bet on a bounce

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 25/01/2016

    » The tumbling price of natural rubber has severely hurt growers in Southeast Asia, home to about 80% of the world's production. Despite the latest attempt by the Thai government to help growers, the outlook remains bleak for the commodity, for which prices have been falling for five years amid a supply glut and slowing demand in a weak global economy.

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