Southeast Asian economies are facing a downturn as markets follow trends in the US and China. If the slide continues, it risks worsening wealth inequality and poverty across the region.
Come 2020, most of ASEAN’s citizens could find themselves paying more for digital services. Indonesia is the latest ASEAN nation to draft new tax legislation on online products and services.
ASEAN’s universities are struggling to compete. But the same forces that are pushing them to the brink can pull them to safety.
Singapore’s e-commerce industry is flourishing. But there is vast room for expansion. E-commerce platforms in the island-state are tipped for major growth across the B2B and B2C sectors.
The new EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (FTA) shows the EU will look past human rights violations to push a trade agenda. But as FTAs with ASEAN states don’t offer the EU the same economic benefits, it’s unlikely the bloc will pen more in the near future.
To continue attracting the top regional tech talent, Singaporean companies need to go beyond free dress codes and on-site baristas. Firms must revisit the relationship between employees and the workplace.
Despite being the backbone of the regional economy, SMEs in Southeast Asia have long suffered from a lack of financing opportunities. The advent of fintech is set to fill the credit dearth.
With 658 robots per 10,000 human workers, Singapore already boasts the world’s second-highest robot density. In coping with Industry 4.0 and the rise of robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), the Singaporean workforce faces an increasingly volatile future.
As the prices of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies rally, Singapore stands to benefit from increased crypto investments.
The government in the Philippines has implemented land redistribution policies for decades, but they’ve failed to reduce rural poverty rates.