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    Slowdown ahead

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 24/12/2018

    » The economic outlook doesn't seem as rosy as it once did for most Asian countries looking toward 2019. The relatively dynamic world trade recovery that began in late 2016 is now threatened by tensions between the United States and China, coupled with increasing protectionism in many economies.


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    Brand loyalty

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 08/07/2019

    » Having worked in the hospitality industry for 35 years and solely with Hilton, Paul Hutton has a lot of lasting memories of his time with one of the world's largest hotel chains, which celebrated its 100th anniversary on May 31. For a start, his three daughters are a constant reminder of his globetrotting career.

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    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.

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    Programming with passion

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 23/07/2018

    » Rebecca Parsons loves the great outdoors, whether it's exploring the Dalmatian Coast in southern Croatia, the Galapagos Islands or the upper Amazon, to get an up-close look at a fascinating ecosystem.

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    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.

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    At home in Asean

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 05/02/2018

    » The first thing that impressed me about Hideaki Iwasaki, country director for the Thailand Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), was his fluent English. I assumed it was the result of his educational background.

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    Sharing Asia's growing wealth

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 09/10/2017

    » Everybody talks about the seemingly unlimited potential for growth in Asia Pacific. A huge population, rising middle class, rapid urbanisation and the digital communication boom are all driving economic expansion that surpasses that of developed economies, especially the United States and Europe.

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    The human touch

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 26/10/2015

    » As the adoption of automation picks up over the next five years, some human workers face job losses if they cannot upgrade their skills to keep pace with changes in technology, the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has warned.

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    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.

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    Trade game-changer

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 19/02/2016

    » As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is poised to change the landscape of international trade and more Southeast Asian nations consider joining it, experts are concerned that the world's largest trade pact will divide Asean and overshadow the arrival of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) at the end of this year.

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