As millennials inherit their parents’ wealth, banks and fintech firms are scrambling to reshape wealth management and investing.
Slash and burn practices for palm oil led to a sharp increase in Indonesian forest fires this year. Top global consumer brands continue to buy raw products from producers engaging in these activities.
The impending return of Cambodia’s exiled opposition won’t bring democracy, but it will cement the ruling government’s status as an illegitimate, authoritarian regime.
The Trump administration has eroded confidence in the US’s economic and foreign policy commitments. But its attempts to salvage relations risk exacerbating the situation.
Two years ago, the European Commission warned Vietnam for not fulfilling its international obligations on tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Two years on, the country has made clear it will no longer tolerate rogue actors that threaten fish stocks.
ASEAN’s animated fintech sector brings financial services to those excluded by the financial system. But if mismanaged, new technologies pose a threat to citizens’ privacy and democracy.
The Myanmar government created divisions between ethnic armed groups, preventing effective dialogue and perpetuating conflict. Unless the government can earn the trust of ethnic groups, peace talks will continue to stall.
Hong Kong’s infrastructure, coupled with its proximity to Chinese manufacturing hubs, pro-business government policies, and expanding domestic market, have created the perfect conditions for an e-commerce hub.
P2P lending offers Indonesian SMEs valuable access to credit. But a spate of complaints against illegal lenders has cast a pall over the nation’s fintech sector.
The United Nations says increased urban migration flows will heavily impact the region’s cities in coming decades. These trends could exacerbate environmental and economic problems, but they also bring the prospect of renewal.