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  • BUSINESS

    Rise of the Robots

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 17/05/2021

    » The world is witnessing the rapid advancement of technologies and automation in almost every aspect of work today. Businesses are adopting automation and robotics to revolutionise their workplaces, partly to help save costs but also to boost productivity and growth, and for safety reasons.

  • OPINION

    Learning to live with robots

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 17/05/2021

    » China's once-in-a-decade census data released last week make clear that the world's most populous country is ageing more rapidly than many developed nations, including the US. People of working age will make up just 60% of China's population in 2050, down from 75% in 2010, the figures show.

  • OPINION

    Vaccine confusion must end

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 10/05/2021

    » As a new wave of the global pandemic creates growing urgency in many parts of the world, Covid-19 vaccines have been in short supply. Only a handful of rich economies, among them the US and European countries, along with China, have secured sufficient supplies for their domestic vaccination programmes.

  • BUSINESS

    Light behind the Covid cloud

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 03/05/2021

    » Even as several countries, notably India and Southeast Asian nations, are struggling to contain a new Covid-19 wave, Asia appears on course for an economic revival on the back of a healthy global recovery and early progress on vaccines.

  • BUSINESS

    Can Myanmar be saved?

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 26/04/2021

    » As Thailand and its neighbours scramble to rein in a new surge in Covid-19 cases, Asean as a whole is facing a critical challenge posed by violence and economic devastation in Myanmar.

  • BUSINESS

    Tourism revival in doubt again

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 19/04/2021

    » Most of Thailand's famous holiday destinations were nearly empty last week during the long Songkran holiday. The latest Covid-19 wave -- with daily infections climbing all week and hitting a record 1,582 on Friday -- scared tourists away from popular beach resorts close to Bangkok such as Pattaya, Cha-am and Hua Hin, which has also become a coronavirus hotspot following a superspreader event at a local pub.

  • BUSINESS

    Our unhealthy holiday

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 12/04/2021

    » Many Thais have hit the road to enjoy the long Songkran holidays this week, but I can't help feeling that this Thai New Year will be a weird one. Normally, people enjoy the water festival that comes at the peak of the hot summer in April by splashing each other with enthusiasm, along with more subdued observances such as pouring water on elders' hands, asking for blessings and making merit.

  • BUSINESS

    Closing the gap

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 12/04/2021

    » Events of the past 12 months have permanently changed both the nature of the workplace and women's opportunities within it. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to more flexible working practices, new leadership traits are coming to the fore, and the need for a diverse workforce and inclusive culture has never been more apparent.

  • BUSINESS

    Brewing engagement

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 12/04/2021

    » Born and brought up in Kenya, Priti Halai is emphatic when she says, "I've never thought of myself as an Indian. Exactly the way I consider myself is Kenyan. "But if you give me Indian music, Indian food, then I'll sing and I dance," the business executive officer of Nespresso Thailand adds with enthusiasm.

  • BUSINESS

    In search of a lasting recovery

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 05/04/2021

    » The Covid-19 pandemic has caused severe social and economic damage, setting back development gains by years. It has also exposed the lack of preparedness of many countries for dealing with such a shock.

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