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  • OPINION

    Araibi case: own goals all round

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/02/2019

    » The contention that Thailand would not have been involved in the controversial case of Hakeem al-Araibi had it not received a red alert notice from Australian Interpol sounded ridiculous when I first heard it. Why would Australia issue an arrest warrant for a person it had granted asylum to?

  • BUSINESS

    Vital signs

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 24/12/2018

    » David Beckham, Tottenham Hotspur football club and the Vitality programme will continue to be the foundation of the AIA marketing strategy in Asia as the global insurer pushes to fulfill its brand promise of healthier, longer and better lives for customers.


  • THAILAND

    Warm welcome for Beckham in Bangkok

    News, Erich Parpart, Published on 05/11/2018

    » Britain’s most iconic footballer, David Beckham, came to Bangkok on Saturday to celebrate the 80th anniversary of AIA Thailand as the insurance giant’s global brand ambassador. The legendary No.7 for Manchester United who is now president of Inter Miami CF in the US received a warm welcome from his Thai fans who flocked to IMPACT Exhibition Center for his visit.

  • OPINION

    Asia's memorable World Cup

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

    » The World Cup approaches its semi-final round this week minus any African or Asian contenders, but Asian teams did much better than I thought they would. I do not think I was the only observer who erred on the side of pessimism before the tournament started with a record five Asian teams.

  • OPINION

    Asia gets its kicks

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/06/2018

    » There was no shortage of excitement in the world last week, what with Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un shaking hands and pledging to work toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the number of people tuning in to the "summit of the century" was probably eclipsed two days later when the World Cup kicked off in Russia.

  • 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

    Seeds of innovation

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

    » Amid rising energy and fertiliser prices, climate change and ageing farmer populations in Asia, rice farmers need to apply innovations to maximise profits and continue earning a sustainable living.

  • BUSINESS

    Healthy business

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/10/2017

    » Providing incentives for people to live longer and healthier lives is not only a timely response to the growing interest in wellness, but also makes good business sense for a life insurer, say executives of AIA, where the Vitality programme is now a cornerstone of its business.

  • BUSINESS

    Reaching out from Victoria

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/09/2017

    » You don't meet very many Australian politicians who can speak Thai, but Philip Dalidakis, the minister for small business, innovation and trade with the Australian state of Victoria, has a lifelong connection with Thailand. It started two decades ago when he came to the northeastern province of Udon Thani as an exchange student in 1994.

  • BUSINESS

    Rolling out worldwide

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 15/05/2017

    » India's largest tyre maker, Apollo Tyres, has chosen the United States, the world's largest automotive market, as its next new production site after successfully establishing its brand and production facilities in Europe.

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