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    Open economy evangelist

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 14/08/2017

    » New Zealand has long been known for kiwi fruit, lamb and the invincible All Blacks, the fearsome national rugby team. But in the global economic sphere, the country is also known as a champion of open economies and free trade. Last year, the country was rated the world's second-best place to do business by Forbes magazine. That helps confirm its reputation in the field of trade -- and explains why the British government chose a New Zealander to head its post-Brexit trade negotiating team.


    Great expectations

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 02/10/2017

    » Joanne Kua, the young chief executive officer of KSK Group Berhad, is typical of the next generation of family business leaders. After pursuing a successful career beyond her native Malaysia, she has returned home determined to leave her mark, yet is aware of the need to prove herself.


    It would be better not to find Dory

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 04/07/2016

    » In the Hollywood blockbuster Finding Dory, the forgetful fish Dory finally finds her parents and returns to live with them happily in their natural environment. In reality, Dory, a blue tang fish, might not be that lucky.


    Wildlife, drug trades cross bloody paths

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 08/11/2017

    » The Golden Triangle -- an area where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet -- has long been notorious. In the old days, it was known as Asia's second opium production hub, behind the Golden Crescent in Afghanistan. After opium use declined, the Golden Triangle transformed into a production hub for heroin and recently ya ba, or methamphetamine.


    Angel to the rescue of the disenchanted?

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 01/02/2016

    » No, I am not parenting or babysitting a luk thep (angel child doll), nor do I harbour a secret desire to acquire one to boost my luck. On the contrary, I hold a hostile attitude towards anyone -- young or grown-up -- who brings out any dolls to play with or to cuddle in public.

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    An alpine education

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 04/11/2014

    » What does Switzerland bring to mind? Timepieces, for a start. Unpolluted nature, the Alps, a robust banking system, chocolate. And let's not forget boarding schools.

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    Patenting the way to a greener world

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 15/01/2014

    » Patents, commercial innovation and trade monopoly are often bracketed together. The recent dispute between Starbucks, the coffee conglomerate, and Starbung, a roadside coffee stall, over a trademark logo might leave a sour taste and bad perception of the strong arm of intellectual property. Yet Peter Willimott, director of the Singapore office of the World Intellectual Property Organization (Wipo), said the issue of intellectual property is not solely about lawsuits and monopoly.

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    A grisly end

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/07/2013

    » Phuc Tho, a farming village west of Hanoi, has had its heyday. Busloads of Korean tourists used to visit the bear farms in the area, but they didn't come simply to watch and take photos with the fluffy mammals.


    Human (tragi) comedy in motion

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 05/10/2012

    » I have a firm belief that a good mass transit system will spell doom to the automotive industry. I've cooked up a conspiracy theory that the Thai government and politicians secretly try to sabotage public transport projects to help car companies sell more vehicles.

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