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  • BUSINESS

    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.

  • BUSINESS

    Lamborghini races toward revival in Thai market

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 04/02/2019

    » The Italian luxury automobile maker Lamborghini expects a rapid recovery in Thailand with a new partnership, a new facility and a new model, while global sales continue to rise despite economic concerns.

  • NEWS

    Indonesia ready to regulate motorcycle taxi fares

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 28/01/2019

    » Reports of a government plan to regulate the fares of app-based motorcycle taxis have given some hope to Fariz, a driver who switched to an app-based service from a regular one six months ago.

  • BUSINESS

    The road to 4IR

    Asia focus, Published on 28/01/2019

    » The world is waking up to the reality of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as the concept of digitising everything is becoming a reality. Southeast Asia is no exception, as the phenomenon also known as Industry 4.0 or 4IR is affecting the way people live, work, do business and interact.

  • BUSINESS

    Dying and dignity

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 21/01/2019

    » In rapidly ageing Asian countries, a growing number of people are starting to worry about what their old age will be like. Medical advances may make it possible for us to live to 100, but what if the last decades of life are filled with infirmity, pain and suffering?

  • BUSINESS

    The omnichannel future

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 14/01/2019

    » Consumers in the digital world are rapidly driving demand for easier ways to shop, especially in mobile-mad Asia. Easy means anytime, anywhere, while accepting all types of payments. That's where omnichannel comes in, derived from the Latin prefix omni meaning all or universal.

  • BUSINESS

    Year of turbulence

    Asia focus, Published on 31/12/2018

    » Two unpredictable men with weird haircuts and access to nuclear weapons had a friendly chat in Singapore -- and that was just one of the many noteworthy stories of 2018. Elsewhere in Asia, we witnessed some surprising political developments (Malaysia) and not-so-surprising ones (Cambodia), along with what seemed to be a disturbingly high number of natural disasters. Many see the latter as a manifestation of the growing impact of climate change, and it's a debate that is bound to intensify in the year ahead. Below, Asia Focus looks back on the eventful year now ending.

  • BUSINESS

    Virtually covered

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/12/2018

    » As an enthusiastic user of two-wheeled transport -- both bicycles and motorcycles -- Nicolas Faquet understands what kinds of risks he has to take on the road every day.

  • BUSINESS

    Courses in the cloud

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 19/11/2018

    » Finding teachers who are willing to work in the troubled southern border provinces of Thailand has never been easy. Persuading a qualified native English-speaking teacher to work in Pattani, Yala or Narathiwat is almost impossible.

  • BUSINESS

    Learning with the best

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 19/11/2018

    » Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), known for its science and technology programmes, aims to use Bangkok as a springboard to build an Asean talent pool through collaboration with King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL).

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