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  • 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.

  • NEWS

    Food wizards of Oz

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 15/01/2018

    » Stepping into Bibelot Chocolates on Coventry Street in South Melbourne, I am in search of a hot drink after a stroll in the cool breeze. It was spring when I visited, with on-and-off showers and the temperature a brisk 17C, so hot chocolate was just what I needed.

  • OPINION

    Asean's busy election calendar

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 15/01/2018

    » What should we expect for Asean in 2018? On the economic front, the overall picture remains unclear even though export growth is likely to continue on the back of improving global demand. But what is certain is that domestic politics will ultimately dominate the headlines.

  • BUSINESS

    Our privacy in peril

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 25/12/2017

    » Here we go again. This is what I think whenever I walk into the large shopping mall near my home in Bangkok. Instead of free space where shoppers can enjoy roaming and browsing, these days the aisles are clogged by commercial booths, sometimes for car sales, which require a large space of course. What bothers me more is when sales representatives from various stalls approach me to offer free stuff, ask me to test their products or fill out questionnaires.

  • BUSINESS

    How well will we age?

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 11/12/2017

    » When I was thinking about topics to discuss with the new country head of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Thailand recently, one issue that came to mind was the challenge of population ageing in Southeast Asia. Clearly, this is a big issue for most Asian economies and the real situation may be more serious than we might have thought.

  • 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.

  • BUSINESS

    Asia's week in the spotlight

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 13/11/2017

    » It was an eventful time for many Asian economies last week. Of course, the most talked about development was the 12-day Asian tour by Donald Trump to five countries -- his first to the region since he took office in January and the longest by a sitting US president so far this millennium.

  • BUSINESS

    Sustainability wake-up call

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 30/10/2017

    » The European Union's decision last week to give a "yellow card" to Vietnam for illegal fishing is the latest example of how a lack of sustainability threatens to harm businesses in Asean more than many realise.

  • BUSINESS

    M&A prospects grow as Philippine economy steams ahead

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

    » Strong economic fundamentals and rapid growth demand from an increasingly affluent population are expected to attract more merger and acquisition (M&A) activity to the Philippines as political uncertainties surrounding the current administration have eased, say analysts.

  • 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.

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