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    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.


    Overhauling the office

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 04/03/2019

    » Noelle Coak doesn't hesitate when asked about the place she calls home. "My home is in Japan, Tokyo. My family is in Japan, my husband, my son and two dogs," she replies.


    Challenging times for Asean

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 25/02/2019

    » These are challenging times for Southeast Asian countries. On the economic front, China's slowdown is becoming more pronounced, which could have dire consequences since it is Asean's largest export market and a major source of foreign direct investment (FDI) to the region.


    Cola connection

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 04/02/2019

    » In two decades of working with the Coca-Cola Company, Carlos Diaz-Rigby can look back on some impressive professional achievements, but he also feels a strong emotional attachment with the flagship brand of the American beverage company.


    Avoiding trade-war fallout

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 04/02/2019

    » The United States and China ended their latest round of trade talks in Washington on a hopeful note last week, but negotiators are still racing against a March 1 deadline when US tariffs on US$200 million in Chinese goods will rise unless a deal is reached.


    Proactive Asean essential

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 28/01/2019

    » The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) must be more proactive in influencing the discourse on the new geostrategic architecture and play a more active role in shaping the international economic system, says secretary-general Lim Jock Hoi.


    Medical costs need creative rethink

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 21/01/2019

    » The persistent thick haze that has blanketed Bangkok in recent weeks has led to growing disenchantment with the government and calls for meaningful action. I find it hard to believe that authorities appear to have put so little effort into planning for such outbreaks of pollution and properly warning citizens.


    Empowering a region

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 21/01/2019

    » Ask Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, the new executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap), what she misses the most about her Indonesian homeland and the answer is her garden.


    Asean needs leadership in 2019

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 07/01/2019

    » The high chance that Thailand's general election will be postponed from Feb 24 is disappointing news to me. Hopes that poll-related activities will brighten the gloomy economic picture are fading and uncertainties are mounting about the country's return to democracy, long a concern of outsiders.


    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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