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  • OPINION

    Little progress in war on graft

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 11/03/2019

    » Corruption is rarely out of the news in Southeast Asia, but the last three weeks have been busier than usual. In Vietnam, two former information ministers were arrested on suspicion of mismanaging public investment. The prosecution order issued on Feb 23 for Nguyen Bac Son and Truong Minh Tuan accuses them of "violations of regulations on management and use of public investment capital that cause serious consequences". The news cast a shadow over Hanoi's preparations fo the Trump-Kim nuclear summit.

  • BUSINESS

    Firms fear blacklist

    Business, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 29/03/2012

    » Thailand risks being downgraded to a blacklist by the anti-money laundering Financial Action Task Force (FATF) within a year, say business leaders repeating their call for the government to immediately address the issue.Thailand's current "high-risk" status already threatens long-term impacts including reduced foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions, international trade, financial transactions, and tourism, noted business chiefs at a roundtable hosted by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

  • BUSINESS

    Transformed by tech

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 28/05/2018

    » Financial technology (fintech) and innovation have the potential to transform and accelerate sustainable development, which requires huge sums of money, and businesses can make a significant contribution, policymakers and business leaders agree.

  • BUSINESS

    Securing our digital future

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 29/08/2016

    » Cybercrime is everywhere these days, it seems. Or maybe we are just hearing about it more regularly. In Thailand this month, a gang stole 12 million baht from 21 ATMs in six provinces by using malware to infect the system. It was two weeks before the news leaked out, and by that time the perpetrators, said to have been eastern Europeans, were long gone. The thefts, the first of their kind locally, may have been linked to similar heists in Taiwan in July.

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